The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service
Written by Erskine Childers
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August 2010 Guest Editor Graham Marks is inspired by spy classics: "Erskine Childers’ Riddle of the Sands and John Buchan’s Greenmantle were two books I read when I was 11 or 12 years old and which have never left me. They were both written very early in the 20th century and are where the whole spy fiction genre started; I loved the way both these writers spun complex, intricately–plotted and nail-biting tales that you couldn’t put down. I still love reading books like that, and they’re what I attempt to write."
The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service by Erskine Childers
Childers' lone masterpiece, The Riddle of the Sands, considered the first modern spy thriller, is recognizable as the brilliant forerunner of the realism of Graham Greene and John le Carre. Its unique flavor comes from its fine characterization, richly authentic background of inshore sailing and vivid evocation of the late 1890s - an atmosphere of mutual suspicion and intrigue that was soon to lead to war.
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Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
26th January 1995
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