Loading, please wait...

product description page

Riddle : Illuminating the Story Behind the Riddle of the Sands (Paperback) (Maldwin Drummond)

Riddle : Illuminating the Story Behind the Riddle of the Sands (Paperback) (Maldwin Drummond) - image 1 of 1

About this item

First published in 1903, The Riddle of the Sands, by Erskine Childers, is one of the earliest examples of a spy novel in English, and it has been extremely influential on the genre since. It is also one of the best-known tales of yacht fighting. This unusual combination has always intrigued Maldwin Drummond, who explores in The Riddle the book’s two main themes: the life of the Victorian small boat sailor and the politics of defense prior to World War I.
In this book, Drummond includes details of Childers's own sailing experiences and offers a detailed account of the reception of the book in official circles at the time. Drummond does her own detective work to highlight Childers’s urgent message that Germany was preparing to invade England and that the British were not aware of any such plan. This new edition of the definitive study of the writing of The Riddle of the Sands is updated here with beautiful illustrations by Martin Mackrill.
Number of Pages: 338
Genre: History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: Maldwin Drummond
Language: English
Street Date: August 15, 2017
TCIN: 52742143
UPC: 9781910500392
Item Number (DPCI): 248-47-2574
If the item details above aren’t accurate or complete, we want to know about it. Report incorrect product info.

Guest reviews

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.