Win Swallows and Amazons on DVD!

Win Swallows and Amazons on DVD!

You may remember me writing about being excited to take Pip to watch the new Swallows and Amazons film back in the summer and us both really enjoying the experience. As you also might have seen from my kid’s gift guide a week or so back, I think the DVD would make an excellent Christmas present and lovely family film for Boxing Day.

From my review in the summer:

As an appealing family adventure film, I thought it was excellent. Ransome had a way of turning the ordinary into an adventure, and Philippa Lowthorpe has certainly captured this in a heart warming film. I actually really liked the upscaling of the robbery storyline into a spy story, although I doubt any spy of Ransome’s calibre would have been quite so careless as Rafe Spall’s Captain Flint appeared to be, and it added an element of danger such as would never have been so explicitly articulated by Ransome. As a mechanism for the film though, I thought it worked well if elements seemed slightly forced and super unrealistic. Spall did make a compelling Captain Flint though, if somewhat younger, far less rotund and much more attractive than his character ever read to me as a young child! Kelly Macdonald made a good Mother and I thought Seren Hawkes was an excellent Nancy.

Set in 1935 as opposed to the 1929 of the book, (Andrea Gibb says that they moved the date forward 6 years to be closer to WW2 and therefore make the spy line fit a little better – although I’m not sure that was really necessary) this is in some ways a period piece, which makes for a nice piece of wholesome escapism, albeit perhaps much more along the lines of the times Brexiters harker for than canny observations. I doubt any child watching it would have noticed but at times I felt there was a bit of jarring between the more modern children seeming more worldly than their 1935 characters should have been, yet also oddly incapable in ways that children of that age used to being in the countryside wouldn’t have been.

Pip, when asked which her favourite bit was says “all of it” (although I should note that whilst watching she found the spy climax scene a little scary) and thoroughly enjoyed the outing.

To celebrate the launch of the DVD, I’m really pleased therefore to be able to be hosting a giveaway – enter using the widget below:

Swallows & Amazons DVD giveaway

Terms & Conditions: 1. To enter the Swallows & Amazons DVD giveaway you must share the giveaway on either Facebook or Twitter and leave a valid link here as your entry. There are additional options for more entries. 2. The prize is a copy of Swallows & Amazons 2016 on DVD and will be sent out directly by the promoter. No cash or alternative prizes will be given 3. The prize draw will start on 12.12.16 and end at 11.59pm on 18.12.16 4. The winner will be picked from all valid entries 5. The winner will be notified directly via email. The winner must reply within seven days of receiving the email or a new winner will be picked at random. 6. I reserve the right to change the entry dates at any time, for any reason.



  1. Cadizzy December 13, 2016 / 11:07 am

    This should amuse the children for a while – thank you for the competition

  2. Tracy Nixon December 13, 2016 / 12:49 pm

    Yes, when I was younger and I have seen the original movie several times!

  3. amy bondoc December 13, 2016 / 1:47 pm

    yes i read it many years ago!

  4. ValB December 13, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    I read it many many years ago – loved it

  5. Louise Smith December 13, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    Many moons ago

  6. Jo Hutchinson December 13, 2016 / 5:49 pm

    No I haven’t read it before.

  7. Laura Banks December 13, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    i read it years ago at school

  8. Rachael G December 13, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    No, I have never read it.

  9. Hayley f December 13, 2016 / 9:30 pm

    No i haven’t read it but it looks good x

  10. Solange December 14, 2016 / 12:17 am

    No, I have never read it.

  11. Ellie Wood December 14, 2016 / 10:07 am

    Read the book over and over again as a kid and always wanted to run off to our own island

  12. Kerry Locke December 14, 2016 / 3:53 pm

    Many Moons ago … Looking forward to seeing the film!

  13. Helen Tovell December 15, 2016 / 9:23 am

    Read it when I was a teen

  14. michelle o'neill December 16, 2016 / 11:28 am

    i havent read it x

  15. Diane Waugh December 16, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    No but I would love to

  16. Gill Mitchell December 17, 2016 / 12:11 am

    I haven’t read the book, but we saw the trailer at the cinema and it looked great.

  17. Joanne Phillips December 17, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    I have never read the book before (or seen the film!)

  18. Beryl drake December 17, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    When i was a wippersnapper , I remember loving it

  19. ADEINNE TONNER December 17, 2016 / 11:23 pm

    I haven’t read the book before but it is on my book list to read

  20. Michelle Hollingsbee December 17, 2016 / 11:38 pm

    Years ago at school.

  21. Rob Griffiths December 18, 2016 / 8:11 am

    Yes – but not for about 40 years…..

  22. Jackie ONeill December 18, 2016 / 8:37 am

    not read for years, be good to re-read and pass to kids to read as not read yet

  23. Richard Tyler December 18, 2016 / 10:36 am

    Not yet, would like to though

  24. natasha douglas December 18, 2016 / 11:34 am

    Used to love this film as a child. Would love to watch the new version with my own children.

  25. Miss Tracy Hanson December 18, 2016 / 11:54 am

    Not for a long time, but remember enjoying it. Will have to dig it out of the attic and revisit it too. Thanks for the chance.

  26. Annette Oliver December 18, 2016 / 1:57 pm

    I’ve never read the book

  27. Linda Curtis December 18, 2016 / 4:51 pm

    yes read the book and watched the original film many many times
    my children would stay at their grandma’s house and she would build ttents and boats and watch the film
    it was a firm family favourite
    i still need to see the new version

  28. Andrea A December 18, 2016 / 6:09 pm

    I’ve not read the book before.

  29. Kim Neville December 18, 2016 / 6:45 pm

    Have not read the book

  30. Ellen Stafford December 18, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    I haven’t read the book but would love to.

  31. Katie b December 18, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    I loved the book when I was younger, this would be great to watch with my niece she is too young to read the book!

  32. Lynsey Buchanan December 18, 2016 / 9:19 pm


  33. Lynne Oconnor December 18, 2016 / 10:50 pm

    I read it as a kid, many decades ago so didn’t really remember it when watching the film

  34. Diana December 18, 2016 / 11:27 pm

    I haven’t

  35. Sam Parkes December 18, 2016 / 11:41 pm

    Never read the book but it’s on our list.

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