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The Riddle of the Sands

By Erskine Childers
  • ISBN Code: : 0307824160
  • Publisher : Modern Library
  • Pages : 336
  • Category : Fiction
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While 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, praised as much for its nautical action as for its suspenseful spycraft.

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The best backyard experiments for hands-on science learning The Ultimate Book of Saturday Science is Neil Downie's biggest and most astounding compendium yet of science experiments you can do in your own kitchen or backyard using common household items. It may be the only book that encourages hands-on science learning through the use of high-velocity, air-driven carrots. Downie, the undisputed maestro of Saturday science, here reveals important principles in physics, engineering, and chemistry through such marvels as the Helevator—a contraption that's half helicopter, half elevator—and the Rocket Railroad, which pumps propellant up from its own track. The Riddle of the Sands demonstrates why some granular materials form steep cones when poured while others collapse in an avalanche. The Sunbeam Exploder creates a combustible delivery system out of sunlight, while the Red Hot Memory experiment shows you how to store data as heat. Want to learn to tell time using a knife and some butter? There's a whole section devoted to exotic clocks and oscillators that teaches you how. The Ultimate Book of Saturday Science features more than seventy fun and astonishing experiments that range in difficulty from simple to more challenging. All of them are original, and all are guaranteed to work. Downie provides instructions for each one and explains the underlying science, and also presents experimental variations that readers will want to try.

Literary Afterlife

By Bernard A. Drew
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Book Code : 078645721X
  • Total of Pages : 420
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 562
  • Pdf File: literary-afterlife.pdf

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This is an encyclopedic work, arranged by broad categories and then by original authors, of literary pastiches in which fictional characters have reappeared in new works after the deaths of the authors that created them. It includes book series that have continued under a deceased writer's real or pen name, undisguised offshoots issued under the new writer's name, posthumous collaborations in which a deceased author's unfinished manuscript is completed by another writer, unauthorized pastiches, and "biographies" of literary characters. The authors and works are entered under the following categories: Action and Adventure, Classics (18th Century and Earlier), Classics (19th Century), Classics (20th Century), Crime and Mystery, Espionage, Fantasy and Horror, Humor, Juveniles (19th Century), Juveniles (20th Century), Poets, Pulps, Romances, Science Fiction and Westerns. Each original author entry includes a short biography, a list of original works, and information on the pastiches based on the author's characters.

When is an "Island" Not an "Island" in International Law?

By Clive Ralph Symmons
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  • Publisher : IBRU
  • Book Code : 1897643330
  • Total of Pages : 32
  • Category : Baselines (Maritime law)
  • Members : 150
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In the Ranks of the C. I. V. - A Narrative and Diary of Personal Experiences with the C. I. V. Battery (Honourable Artillery Company) in South Africa

By Erskine Childers,Ryan Desmond
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  • Publisher : Read Books Ltd
  • Book Code : 1528789024
  • Total of Pages : 158
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 382
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“In the Ranks of the C.I.V.” is a 1900 account by Erskine Childers of his time spent as part of an artillery company in the South African Wars (1879–1915). This volume will appeal to those with an interest in the Boer War or British imperialism, and it is not to be missed by fans and collectors of Childers's work. Contents include: “The 'Montfort'”, “Cape town and Stellenbosch”, “Piquetberg Road”, “Bloemfontein”, “Lindley”, “Bethlehem”, “Bultfontein”, “Slabbert's Nek And Fouriesberg”, “To Pretoria”, etc. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author. Robert Erskine Childers (1870–1922) was a British-born Irish writer. Other notable works by this author include: “The Riddle of the Sands” (1903), “The Framework for Home Rule” (1911), and “War and the Arme Blanche” (1910).

The Art of Indirection in British Espionage Fiction

By Robert Lance Snyder
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Book Code : 0786487135
  • Total of Pages : 225
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 331
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In contrast to the classical detective story, the spy novel tends to be considered a suspect, somewhat subversive genre. While previous studies have focused on its historical, thematic, and ideological dimensions, this critical work examines British espionage fiction’s unique narrative form, which is typically elliptical, oblique, and recursive. Featured works include eighteen novels by Eric Ambler, Graham Greene, Len Deighton, John le Carré, Stella Rimington, and Charles Cumming, most of which exemplify the existential or serious spy thriller. Half of these texts pertain to the Cold War era and the other half to its aftermath in the so-called “Age of Terrorism.”

Coastal Works

By Nicholas Allen,Nick Groom,Jos Smith
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0192514377
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Literary Collections
  • Members : 821
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In all the complex cultural history of the islands of Britain and Ireland the idea of the coast as a significant representative space is critical. For many important artists coastal space has figured as a site from which to braid ideas of empire, nation, region, and archipelago. They have been drawn to the coast as a zone of geographical uncertainty in which the self-definitions of the nation founder; they have been drawn to it as a peripheral space of vestigial wildness, of island retreats and experimental living; as a network of diverse localities richly endowed with distinctive forms of cultural heritage; and as a dynamically interconnected ecosystem, which is at the same time the historic site of significant developments in fieldwork and natural science. This collection situates these cultures of the Atlantic edge in a series of essays that create new contexts for coastal study in literary history and criticism. The contributors frame their research in response to emerging conversations in archipelagic criticism, the blue humanities, and island studies, the essays challenging the reader to reconsider ideas of margin, periphery and exchange. These twelve case studies establish the coast as a crucial location in the imaginative history of Britain, Ireland and the north Atlantic edge. Coastal Works will appeal to readers of literature and history with an interest in the sea, the environment, and the archipelago from the 18th century to the present. Accessible, innovative and provocative, Coastal Works establishes the important role that the coast plays in our cultural imaginary and suggests a range of methodologies to represent relationships between land, sea, and cultural work.

Spies of the Kaiser

By T. Boghardt
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 0230508421
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : History
  • Members : 688
  • Pdf File: spies-of-the-kaiser.pdf

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Spies of the Kaiser examines the scope and objectives of German covert operations in Great Britain before and during the First World War. It assesses the effect of German espionage on Anglo-German relations and discusses the extent to which the fear of German espionage in the United Kingdom shaped the British intelligence community in the early Twentieth-century. The study is based on original archival material, including hitherto unexploited German records and recently declassified British documents.