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The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service
By Norman Donaldson (introduced by) and Erskine Childers
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Dover Pubns
Publication date May 19, 2011
Pages 237
Binding Paperback
Edition Reissue
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780486408798
ISBN-10 0486408795
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Original list price $8.95
Summaries and Reviews
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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. It was recently ranked 37th in The Observer's list of the 100 Greatest Novels of the past 300 years. 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 Carré, 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 new edition includes detailed maps of the Dutch coastline and evocative black and white photographs of some of the places Carruthers and Davies visit.

This is an enduring classic, loved by sailors and non-sailors alike, and its new illustrative material will be welcomed by readers following the storyline.


Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780891902409
 
from Amereon Ltd (June 1, 1984)
9780891902409 | details & prices | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $24.95
About: A simple invitation to join his friend Davies on a yachting expedition in the Baltic is the beginning of an extraordinary and dangerous adventure for the bored and worldly but clever Carruthers.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780099582793 Book cover for 9780141031279 Book cover for 9780141033761 Book cover for 9780141181653 Book cover for 9780192833471 Book cover for 9780486232805 Book cover for 9780486408798 Book cover for 9780812966145 Book cover for 9781453687550 Book cover for 9781596881709
 
Large print edition from Large Print Book Co (January 15, 2014)
9781596881709 | details & prices | 412 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.28 lbs | List price $22.95
About: The first modern spy thriller, The Riddle of the Sands tells the story of two sail-boaters cruising off the coast of Germany on a vacation.
Reprint edition from Random House Uk Ltd (September 1, 2013)
9780099582793 | details & prices | 326 pages | 5.25 × 7.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $12.95
About: A must-read for espionage junkies, the first modern spy novel, published in 1903, influenced everyone from Buchan and Greene to Fleming and FolletWhen Carruthers receives a letter from his friend Davies suggesting a Baltic sailing trip, the vision of a manned yacht, perfect scenery, and excellent duck shooting quickly works its charm.
The price comparison is for this edition
With Norman Donaldson (other contributor) | Reissue edition from Dover Pubns (May 19, 2011)
9780486408798 | details & prices | 237 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $8.95
About: Described by Ken Follett as "the first modern thriller", The Riddle of the Sands is the best-known sailing narrative and a true classic.
from Createspace Independent Pub (July 2, 2010)
9781453687550 | details & prices | 236 pages | List price $7.95
About: "The Riddle of the Sands," by Erskine Childers, not only may have affected the course of history-it still thrills readers today.
from Penguin USA (May 27, 2008)
9780141033761 | details & prices | 332 pages | 4.50 × 7.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.56 lbs | List price $10.00
About: This classic tale of sea adventure was published in 1903.
from Gardners Books (June 7, 2007)
9780141031279 | details & prices | 352 pages | 4.25 × 6.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $14.35
About: A story set in the background of inshore sailing and evocation of the late 1890s - an atmosphere of mutual suspicion and intrigue that was soon to lead to war.
from Modern Library (December 1, 2002)
9780812966145 | details & prices | 336 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $11.00
About: Carruthers is summoned to the Baltic by his friend, an accomplished yachtsman, who reveals his suspicions concerning German activity in the North Frisian Islands.
from Penguin USA (April 1, 2000)
9780141181653 | details & prices | 326 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.25 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $9.00
About: Childers' lone masterpiece, "The Riddle of the Sands", considered the first modern spy thriller, is recognisable as the brilliant forerunner of the realism of Graham Greene and John le Carre.
With David Trotter (other contributor) | from Oxford Univ Pr (October 15, 1998)
9780192833471 | details & prices | 277 pages | 5.25 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $19.50
About: One of the first great spy novels, The Riddle of the Sands is set during the long suspicious years leading up to the First World War.
With Jake Black (other contributor) | from Oxford Univ Pr (July 1, 1995)
9780192823182 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $7.95
This edition also contains Terror on Dinosaur Island!
from Dover Pubns (May 1, 1976)
9780486232805 | details & prices | 284 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $5.95
About: Carruthers is summoned to the Baltic by his friend, an accomplished yachtsman, who reveals his suspicions concerning German activity in the North Frisian Islands

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