The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service (Paperback)

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By Erskine Childers, Erskine Childers (Introduction by)
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One of the first-and best-espionage novels. Childers forecast political and military action at the start of the First World War

— Louise Jones

One of the first-and best-espionage novels. Childers forecast political and military action at the start of the First World War — Louise Jones

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Loosely based on the author's own experiences, The Riddle of the Sands takes readers back to the early days of the twentieth century, when Britain shared a tense rivalry with the Kaiser's Germany. Tempted by the idea of duck shooting, Carruthers is lured by his friend Davies into a yachting expedition in the Baltic, only to discover that the itinerary involves more than killing fowl. Soon they're on a wild journey of intrigue, meeting danger at every turn, and ultimately unraveling Germany's secret plans to invade England. Tautly written and full of unexpected twists, this is a timeless work of espionage fiction.

About the Author


Erskine Childers (1870-1922) was an expert yachtsman whose sailing experiences were fictionalized in The Riddle of the Sands. An Irish nationalist, he was executed by the authorities of the nascent Irish Free State during the Irish Civil War. Bernard Knox is director emeritus of Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.

Praise For…


“This is a book of great renown. . . . Its beautifully sustained atmosphere . . . adds poetry, and . . . real mystery.” —Ian Fleming


Product Details
ISBN: 9780143106326
ISBN-10: 0143106325
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: January 25th, 2011
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics
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