Late in the afternoon, just as the sun was setting, we headed into town. We trudged along the Edgware Rd, turned left onto Oxford Street, onto Regents Street and finally entered Piccadilly Circus.
Here we spent a couple of pleasurable hours,pleasurable for me anyhow, in Waterstones. I went through stacks and shelves of books and more stacks and more shelves of books. Typical me, I acquired quite a large pile. Alas, I could only have one book.
After many minutes of dilemma, I took a thick book that went by the name of ‘Picts and Martyrs’.
For those who have never had the pleasure of being acquainted with the wonderful series of which this book is part, well, it shall be a great joy to introduce you.
Swallows and Amazons: children having adventures. No magic, no fantasy, just real life, normal children, no supernatural powers. A group of friends and allies who all share a love for two things: boats and adventure!
They sail out to deserted islands and camp there without any adults. They catch fish and cook it over fires. Then they climb mountains in the Lake District and plant their flags on the summit. These are children just like me.
My favourite ever book character is their leader, Captain Nancy Blackett. You see there are many groups of children all who meet up year after year. The Swallows: Sailors. The Amazons: Fierce pirates and wild warriors. The D’s or Picts: A scientist and a writer.
Nancy is captain of the Amazons. A smart and cunning young girl . It is she who comes up with all the battle plans and adventures .
If you have read Swallows and Amazons or seen the film, let me know who your favourite character is. If you haven’t read or watched it, be sure to. For those who haven’t, who is your fave book character?