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December 15, 2010 2:56 PM   Subscribe

Robert Erskine Childers was the creator of the modern spy novel, a loyal son of Empire, a fierce exponent of Irish Home Rule, an excellent sailor, a gunrunner, an Anti-Treaty partisan. He died by firing squad in 1922.
posted by Iridic (11 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh man. I have got to read that thing some day.
posted by Artw at 2:57 PM on December 15, 2010


The Riddle of the Sands is a totally awesome novel. I had a dream after reading it that there was a whole shelf of books by Erskine Childers at the bookstore. Alas.
posted by doteatop at 2:58 PM on December 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


For a moment there i wondered if there might be a link to The Sandbaggers, the 70s British Spy series I'm currently slightly obsessed with, but google gets me nothing... except they share the word "sand", I guess.
posted by Artw at 3:01 PM on December 15, 2010


Won't someone think of the childers? (Might have to be from Dublin to get that one).
posted by Elmore at 3:02 PM on December 15, 2010 [3 favorites]


Or not
posted by Elmore at 3:04 PM on December 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


What with the IMF/EU bailout (loan) and all the Zombie hype I'm working on my "The 1916 Dead Rising" script. Unfortunately the Irish Film Board's funding has been cut for some reason, not that they would have funded me anyway the pricks.
posted by Elmore at 3:09 PM on December 15, 2010 [2 favorites]


I have two memories on this.

The first is when his son, Erskine Childers, died suddenly in office as President of Ireland in November 1974 not long after my parents moved us kids to Ireland from the States. I think Lyndon Johnson had died (out of office, obviously) a year or so before, so here was 10 year-old me thinking that Presidents were dropping like flies. There had been some bother with a sitting US President not long before that, you will recall.

The second was probably a few years later when The Claddagh Palace Cinema in Galway (neither palacial, nor in The Claddagh, but a cinema none the less) was showing Riddle of The Sands, some enterprising types got a ladder and changed the Marquee to read Piddle In The Hands. We thought it was hilarious.
posted by Sk4n at 4:46 PM on December 15, 2010 [3 favorites]


I recognize his face from murals painted in some bars in Lowell and Newport you really don't want to drink in. The ones where only a woman can wear orange, and she better be Portuguese, and no, Bass is not on fucking tap, and if you ask for a bottle of it, you'll fucking get it.
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:28 PM on December 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


The Riddle of the Sands is one phenomenal book.
posted by Miko at 8:04 PM on December 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


i read 'The Riddle Of TheSands' and realized afterwards 'oh, it's THAT Erskine Childers' i remember getting int a discussion with someone who did not believe me when I mentioned this fact. the book was a first edition. very good book, a must read.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 8:43 PM on December 15, 2010


The Riddle of the Sands is a great film too!
posted by DanCall at 1:51 AM on December 16, 2010


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