The Riddle of the Sands (Paperback)Erskine Childers (author)
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A cracking yarn of maritime derring-do, Childers’ novel is also the father of the modern spy novel. With characteristic Edwardian pluck and resolve two amateur sailors foil a German plot to invade the British Isles, and The Riddle of the Sands unfolds its narrative of danger and heroism with pace and charm.
When Carruthers receives a letter from his friend Davies suggesting a Baltic sailing trip, the vision of a manned yacht, A1 scenery and excellent duck shooting quickly works its charm. But Carruthers hopes for a holiday are quickly dashed. There has been suspicious German activity along the coast. The Medusa, manned by the sinister Dollman, has already tried to destroy Davies. What are the Germans up to? Nothing less than a plot to invade Britain. And only these two courageous Englishmen can stop them.
Published in 1903, The Riddle of the Sands is considered the first modern spy novel.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 245 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm
'Unputdownable... a classic British adventure story, influencing both John Buchan and Ken Follett.' - Observer
'The Riddle of the Sands remains a fine read, enjoyed by people for whom sailing is a mystery and who, just like one of the books' heroes,cannot tell a mainsheet from a marlinspike.' - Guardian
'A ripping yarn, it's just so exciting.' - Ben Macintyre
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“A FASCINATING TALE”
A really fascinating and plausible tale that that was hard to put down. The descriptions were so detailed that the story could be followed on a map. The novel also brought to light life as it was 110 years ago.
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