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Erskine Childers


Date Born: 6/25/1870
Place of Birth: London, England

Date Died: 11/24/1922
Place of Death: Dublin, Ireland

Erskine Childers was originally a loyal British imperialist but became an Irish nationalist and was ultimately executed by the newly independent Irish Free State during the Irish Civil War. His son, Erskine Hamilton Childers, was the fourth president of Ireland.

His novel The Riddle of the Sands is regarded variously as the first modern spy novel, a cautionary tale of an imminent war with Germany, and one of great sailing and seamanship narratives.

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The Riddle of the Sands

By: Erskine Childers

Two young British yachtsman discover a grave secret on the shifting tides of the North Sea coast, in what is often considered the first spy novel.

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In the Ranks of the C.I.V.

By: Erskine Childers

A young Erskine Childers, later a vehement Irish nationalist executed for his beliefs, serves in the British cavalry during the Boer War.

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Author Bibliography

Books by Erskine Childers:
In the Ranks of the CIV. Spellmount, Limited Publishers, United Kingdom: 1997. First edition: Smith, Elder & Co., UK: 1900.
The Riddle of the Sands. Numerous reprint and electronic editions available. First edition: Smith, Elder & Co., UK: 1903.
(as contributor), History of the War in South Africa. Sampson Low, Marston and Company, UK: 1900-1909.
War and the Arme Blanche. Edward Arnold, UK: 1910.
German Influence on British Cavalry. publisher NA. First published in 1911.
Military Rule in Ireland. Gordon Press Publishers, United States: 2005. First edition published in 1920.

Books about Erskine Childers:
Boyle, Andrew, The riddle of Erskine Childers. Hutchinson, United Kingdom: 1977.
Cox, Tom, Damned Englishman: A Study of Erskine Childers (1870-1922). Exposition-Phoenix Press, Incorporated, United States: 2005.
O'Hegarty, Patrick Sarsfield, A bibliography of the books of Erskine Childers. A. Thom, Ireland: 1948.
Piper, Leonard, Dangerous waters: the life and death of Erskine Childers. Hambledon and London, United Kingdom: 2003.
Ring, Jim, Erskine Childers: A Biography. John Murray Publishers. Limited, United Kingdom: 1997.
Wilkinson, Burke, The Zeal of the Convert: The Life of Erskine Childers. Second Chance Press, United States: 1995.
Young, John N., Erskine Childers. Salem House Publishers, United States: 1985.