Coots in the North and other stories contains an incomplete Swallows and Amazons novel 'Coots in the North' published as a fragment with a selection of Ransome's other short stories in 1988.

Coots in the NorthEdit

see Coots in the North

other storiesEdit

Coots in the North and other stories also includes two extracts that Hugh Brogan rescued from an unfinished Victorian ‘'Bevis'’-style Arthur Ransome novel, The River Comes First, plus several Ransome short stories first published in magazines:

'The River Comes First' and 'The Cloudburst
'The Unofficial Side' is the only story he wrote involving the Russian Revolution. It is related by Hurst, a paid hand in a small private yacht.
'Two Shorts and a Long' also involves Hurst and is set on the yacht.
'The Shepherd’s Pipe' (previously unpublished) and 'Ankou' are grim tales set among the peasants of Russia and Brittany.


  • Coots in the North and Other Stories (Ed. Hugh Brogan, Jonathan Cape 1988, ISBN 0-224-02605-4).