Riddle of the Sands

Riddle of the Sands

by Erskine Childers
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Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers

While on a sailing holiday in the North Sea, two young Englishmen encounter suspicious German naval activity off the coast of the Frisian Islands—a discovery that leads them into a world of suspense and intrigue. Initially published in 1903, this thrilling adventure is regarded by many critics as one of the best spy novels ever written, notable for its richness of technical detail about inshore sailing and unsurpassed narrative style. Introduction by Norman Donaldson. 4 maps.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781404327597
Publisher: IndyPublish.com
Publication date: 10/28/2002
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Robert Erskine Childers was born in London in 1870. His parents both died from tuberculosis when he was a child, and he was brought up at his mother's family home in Ireland. He attended Trinity College Cambridge, then went into the Civil Service as a House of Commons clerk, pursuing his passion for sailing in his spare time. In 1899 he volunteered for service in the Boer War and wrote a popular account of his experiences, following this up in 1903 with The Riddle of the Sands. A passionate advocate of Irish Home Rule, he moved with his family to Ireland after the First World War and was elected to the Irish parliament where he was a delegate in the negotiations for the Anglo-Irish treaty of 1922. When the terms fell short of his hopes of full independence, Childers joined the Republicans in the ensuing Civil War. He was arrested by the Free State government, court-martialled, and executed by firing squad on 24 November 1922.

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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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Watched in anger but did nothing.
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Stared in interest then nodded and ran back.
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StormStar hissed, quickly picking up the kitten, running back to camp.