Evgenia Ransome, born Evgenia Petrovna Shelepina, (10 April 1894 - 13 March 1975) was Arthur Ransome's second wife. The Shelepina family came from Gatchina, an imperial town about 25 miles south-west of Petrograd, where she was born (TLEp186).
Evgenia has a reputation of being discouraging about each of Ransome's books based on the mentions Ransome made about her comments in his letters. She deplored almost every book as it was written, only to praise it as his greatest effort to date when it was published (TLE p158).
http://arthur-ransome.ucoz.ru/index/0-8 Evgenia Shelepina and the Russian October Revolution