The 9th Adventure Club Podcast: Double Agents, Naval Officers & Apples

In which we discuss our plans to re-enact the classic spy novel ‘The Riddle of the Sands’, following the route of Carruthers & Davies day by day through Germany. This week we’re concentrating on October 1, the day that Davies reveals what this duck shooting holiday is all about. He recounts his first encounters withContinue reading “The 9th Adventure Club Podcast: Double Agents, Naval Officers & Apples”

‘There is plenty ducks’

September 30 is the last day in the book that Carruthers is allowed to believe he really is on a duck shooting holiday, and not a spying mission. Finally, he gets to unpack his Lancaster (and specialist cartridges) to bag something for his dinner. “It was just dusk when we sallied out again, crossed aContinue reading “‘There is plenty ducks’”

‘the strains of a huge musical box’

The stopover at the pilot’s house in Schlei Fjord on September 30 is a convivial affair: “… the shooting-party was none the less a triumphal success. It was celebrated with beer and music as before, while the pilot, an infant on each podgy knee, discoursed exuberantly on the glories of his country and the ElysianContinue reading “‘the strains of a huge musical box’”

A large town at the other end of the world sea

We have gone on, probably more than is good for you or for us, about the political resonances of Schleswig-Holstein, and about how Erskine Childers uses them so skilfully to make an unavoidable point about the growth in German power. Nonetheless, it turns out that this particular part of the world has always been onContinue reading “A large town at the other end of the world sea”