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Swallows and Armenians – reappraising a children’s classic

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By Bronte Reilly | Published 13th March 2019 | Full size is 800 × 400 pixels

Mavis Guzelian (née Altounyan), the inspiration for the character Titty in Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons, on the lap of a nanny while boating with her older sisters Taqui (left) and Susie – who inspired other characters in the book – on Coniston Lake in the early 1920s.

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