Scottish Daily Mail



Se­cret Life Of Books, 8pm, BBC4

IN AN­OTHER of th­ese suc­cinct pro­grammes, John Sergeant re­veals the history of Swal­lows And Ama­zons. He learns how it was in­spired by Arthur Ran­some’s child­hood trips to the Lake Dis­trict and sees a pre­cur­sor to the novel, which Ran­some wrote aged eight. There’s also insight into Ran­some’s time as a jour­nal­ist in Rus­sia. There’s a longer pro­gramme in this story . . .

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