Swallows and AmazonsChild actress Hannah Jayne Thorpe, who played the part of Peggy in last year’s film version of Swallows and Amazons, will take part in a marathon reading of  Arthur Ransome’s classic children’s story to be staged this summer on the shore of the lake where the tale was set.

The event, which marks the 50th anniversary of the death of the author, takes place at Coniston on Sunday, September 3.

Other readers include the film’s screenplay writer Andrea Gibb and Christina Hardyment, author of several Arthur Ransome related books and senior executor for the Arthur Ransome Literary Estate.

It’s expected the book’s 31 chapters will take around nine hours to read.

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By Sue Featherstone.