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 CarrÃÂ©, 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.
About: A must-read for espionage junkies, the first modern spy novel, published in 1903,Â influenced everyone fromÂ Buchan and Greene to FlemingÂ and FolletWhen Carruthers receives a letter from his friend Davies suggesting a Baltic sailing trip, the vision of a manned yacht,Â perfect scenery, and excellent duck shooting quickly works its charm.
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.
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