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A must-read for espionage junkies and 'chaps in scraps' fans

When Carruthers receives a letter from his friend Davies suggesting a Baltic sailing trip, the vision of a manned yacht, A1 scenery and excellent duck shooting quickly works its charm. But Carruthers hopes for a holiday are quickly dashed. There has been suspicious German activity along the coast. The Medusa, manned by the sinister Dollman, has already tried to destroy Davies. What are the Germans up to? Nothing less than a plot to invade Britain. And only these two courageous Englishmen can stop them.

Published in 1903, The Riddle of the Sands is considered the first modern spy novel.

Reviews

Unputdownable… a classic British adventure story, influencing both John Buchan and Ken Follett

Observer

The Riddle of the Sands remains a fine read, enjoyed by people for whom sailing is a mystery and who, just like one of the books' heroes,cannot tell a mainsheet from a marlinspike

Guardian

A ripping yarn, it’s just so exciting

Ben Macintyre

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  • Paperback

    9780099582793

    July 1, 2013

    Vintage Classics

    352 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9780143106326

    April 21, 2011

    Penguin Classics

    336 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • EBook

    9781448161959

    May 2, 2013

    Vintage Digital

    352 pages

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