In 1917, Arthur Ransome, author of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ is living in Russia, writing ‘Old Peter’s Russian Tales’. Having fled an unhappy marriage, leaving behind his beloved daughter, his life takes a different path when he is employed as a journalist to cover the unfolding Russian Revolution. Sedgwick brilliantly mirrors the stages of Ransome’s life by setting the first part of the book as a fairy tale version of Russia’s troubles. The second part covers Ransome’s own involvement in the world of international espionage while part three shows how his life is enriched by his new love.
Highly recommended for Young Adults and Adults.