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The Riddle of the Sands

The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
By: (1870-1922)

Containing many realistic details based on Childers’ own sailing trips along the German North Sea coast, the book is the retelling of a yachting expedition in the early 20th century combined with an adventurous spy story.

It was one of the early invasion novels which predicted war with Germany and called for British preparedness. The plot involves the uncovering of secret German preparations for an invasion of the United Kingdom. It is often called the first modern spy novel, although others are as well, it was certainly very influential in the genre and for its time.

The book enjoyed immense popularity in the years before World War I and was extremely influential. Winston Churchill later credited it as a major reason that the Admiralty decided to establish naval bases at Invergordon, the Firth of Forth and Scapa Flow.

First Page:

The Riddle of the Sands

by Erskine Childers

[Illustration: General Map A, frontispiece.]

The Riddle of the Sands (1903)

A Record of Secret Service Recently Achieved

Edited by

Erskine Childers

(1870 1922)



I. The Letter

II. The 'Dulcibella'

III. Davies

IV. Retrospect

V. Wanted, a North Wind

VI. Schlei Fiord

VII. The Missing Page

VIII. The Theory

IX. I Sign Articles

X. His Chance

XI. The Pathfinders

XII. My Initiation

XIII. The Meaning of our Work

XIV. The First Night in the Islands

XV. Bensersiel

XVI. Commander von Brüning

XVII. Clearing the Air

XVIII. Imperial Escort

XIX. The Rubicon

XX. The Little Drab Book

XXI. Blindfold to Memmert

XXII. The Quartette

XXIII. A Change of Tactics

XXIV. Finesse

XXV. I Double Back

XXVI. The Seven Siels

XXVII. The Luck of the Stowaway

XXVIII. We Achieve our Double Aim

Epilogue and Postscript

Maps and Charts

Map A General Map

Chart A Chart to Illustrate the Stranding of the 'Dulcibella,' etc... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 4 reviews)

Reviewer: - February 10, 2018
Subject: One of our all-time favorites
My husband and I have both read and enjoyed this vintage mystery a few times (and we're -not- interested in sailing!) - and I look forward to reading it again
Reviewer: - December 18, 2017
Subject: Riddle Of the sands
such an interesting story. Gazina read this wonderfully too.
Reviewer: - December 7, 2014
Subject: The Riddle of the sands
If you are interested in sailing and England of 1900's this story will appeal, well read by Gesine.
Reviewer: - December 31, 2012
Excellent reading! Gesine is a lot better than most native readers. Thanks for your efforts! - Great story, too.

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