A colour­ful life

EADT Suffolk - - Arts -

Dur­ing the five years he lived in Suf­folk Arthur Ran­some wrote two nov­els in his Swal­lows and Ama­zons se­ries, We Didn’t Mean to go to Sea, and Se­cret Water, a gen­tler tale in which the chil­dren ex­plore the Wal­ton Back­wa­ters. Ran­some and his wife, Ev­ge­nia, moved to Suf­folk in 1935, liv­ing first at Lev­ing­ton then Hark­stead, and moored his boats at Pin Mill. Their pres­ence must have caused a stir. As St Peters­burg cor­re­spon­dent for the rad­i­cal Daily News at the start of the First World War Ran­some had cham­pi­oned the Bol­she­vik cause. Ev­ge­nia had been Trot­sky’s sec­re­tary and Ran­some was also a Bri­tish spy. By 1940 the dis­tur­bance caused by bomb­ing around Ip­swich per­suaded the cou­ple to move back to the Lake Dis­trict. Ran­some died on June 3, 1967.

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