The Riddle of the Sands (Dodo Press)

The Riddle of the Sands (Dodo Press)

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by Erskine Childers
     
 

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Robert Erskine Childers (1870-1922) was an Irish author and nationalist. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge and after graduation took a job as a clerk in the House of Commons. On the outbreak of the Second Boer War in 1899 he volunteered serving in the British Army. He was wounded in South Africa and invalided back to Britain. On his return he wrote the novel

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Robert Erskine Childers (1870-1922) was an Irish author and nationalist. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge and after graduation took a job as a clerk in the House of Commons. On the outbreak of the Second Boer War in 1899 he volunteered serving in the British Army. He was wounded in South Africa and invalided back to Britain. On his return he wrote the novel The Riddle of the Sands which was published in 1903. Based on his own sailing trips along the German coast, it predicted war with Germany and called for British preparedness. In 1919 he was made Director of Publicity for the First Irish Parliament and represented the Irish nationalists at the Versailles conference in Paris. Ireland slipped into civil war, soon Childers was regarded as a traitor not only by the British, but by the pro-Treaty Free State government in Dublin by which authority he was executed. Amongst his other works are In the Ranks of the C. I.V. (1900), German Influence on British Cavalry (1911) and The Framework of Home Rule (1912).

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ISBN-13:
9781409942214
Publisher:
Dodo Press
Publication date:
11/28/2008
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range:
1 - 17 Years

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The Riddle of the Sands 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Bert-Munson More than 1 year ago
If you are used to reading spy novels by modern authors such as Ken Follett, you will find "The Riddle of the Sands" a bit slow. It is interesting from an historical perspective because it was one of the first spy novels published, (second only to Kipling's "Kim", I understand) and because of the British characters' concern about the threat of war with Germany when the book was published, about 1910. The characters operate in German waters by sailing yacht, and there is much about boating, navigation, and sailing, so if you are a sailor, you might enjoy that aspect of the book. I thought the book was worth reading even if it was not spellbinding. Merton Munson
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Ok (;
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Watched in anger but did nothing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stared in interest then nodded and ran back.
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StormStar hissed, quickly picking up the kitten, running back to camp.