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The Riddle of the Sands (PB)

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Described by Ken Follett as “the first modern thriller”, The Riddle of the Sands is the best-known sailing narrative and a true classic. Winston Churchill even credited it for the Admiralty’s decision to build naval bases in Scapa Flow, Invergordon and Rosyth.

Following in the adventurous tradition of H Rider Haggard, and being a clear influence on the espionage tales of John Buchan, Ian Fleming and John le Carre, The Riddle of the Sands tells the story of two young men on a sailing trip to the islands off the Dutch coast who discover a secret German naval base, and an enemy armada preparing to invade England.

With its prescient plotline and patriotic call for the nation to prepare against its foreign foes, The Riddle of the Sands has remained enduringly popular ever since it was first published in 1903.

This is an enduring classic, loved by sailors and non-sailors alike.

Book Title
The Riddle of the Sands (Vintage Classics) By Erskine Childers
ISBN: 9780099582793
Format:  Paperback
Language: English
Author: Erskine Childers
Publisher; Vintage Publishing, Vintage Classics
Genre: General & Literary Fiction
Weight : 245g
SKU: P6980
About the Author:
Erskine Childers lived a life as adventurous as his novel. Born in London in 1870 but orphaned when he was six, he was brought up by an uncle and aunt in the large Irish country-house. He was known to be incredibly patriotic and became an equally fervent supporter of Irish independence. He ended his life in front of an Irish firing-squad as an IRA rebel in 1922.

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