The Riddle: Illuminating the story of the Riddle of the Sands

Since 1904 The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers has been the best known tale of yachting fiction in the English language. Whilst on a sailing trip in the Baltic Sea, two young adventurers-turned-spies uncover a secret German plot to invade England. Written by Childers—who served in the Royal Navy during World War I—as a wake-up call to the British government to attend to its North Sea defenses, The Riddle of the Sands accomplished that task and has been considered a classic of espionage literature ever since. Maldwin Drummond has long made a study of Childers and his book, having become fascinated with its two themes which make an unlikely pair: the problems and ways of the Victorian small boat sailor and the politics and defence issues prior to the First World War. The book of his studies, titled “The Riddle” was originally published in 1985 and Maldwin will be kindly gifting all future royalties earned through sales of the book to the National Maritime Museum. Click here for further information and to purchase a copy.