Another wet weather image.   We have a single-slope roof which makes the rain sound an inch above one’s head, and Luiz grew up to the sound of metallic tropical rain beating on terracotta roof tiles.

‘One flash followed another and then there were three tremendous crashes of thunder and a lot of little ones as if the sky were breaking into solid bits and rattling down a steep iron roof.’

For more of a taster of these timeless classics, see our review here, or simply enjoy some splendid cover illustrations for the books.


Source: Arthur Ransome, Swallows and Amazons (London: Vintage, 2015 (1930)), p. 465


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