||Other - Government clerk
||1903 - 1998
ABOUT THE SERIES
Carruthers is an employee of the British Foreign Office.
Put that way, which is the truth, it sounds as though he might well be an operative tasked with gathering intelligence for his government but it is hardly that at all. He would be the first to stare at you with astonishment should you make such a suggestion, at least until the events of his unintended escapade with Davies took place. After that, it would still not be quite the truth but it would not be so laughable.
By his own descript, Carruthers is "a young man of condition and fashion, who knows the right people, belongs to the right clubs, has a safe, possibly a brilliant, future in the Foreign Office". He would claim, perhaps correctly, that he is terribly overworked but that assertion might also be mild griping just because he was not free to abandon the City of London as his friends had for more pleasant weather and more interesting diversions.
He did not really enjoy the occasional letters from his pals on holiday because from their words he could tell that though they claimed to miss his company, they were enduring his absence with amazing fortitude.
Seeking his own diversion towards the middle of September of that year when finally work allowed him to escape, he is asked by an acquaintance named Davies to join him on his sailing boat for a fun excursion. Carruthers thought this meant a pleasure yacht with other fun-seeking companions to while away the hours. What he got was just what Davies had actually said, a small sailing boat.
Sailing in a small vessel in the North Sea and the Baltic as summer has left and autumn is approaching is not something most would consider a relaxing pasttime and Carruthers definitely did not find it so.
And that is even before he learned the real reason Davies had for sailing into German territory for something far removed from entertainment.
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This is absolutely not a series in the traditional sense because the original author never intended, as far as I can determine, a sequel. Then he was later killed by firing squad which understandably curtailed his abilities even if he had wanted one. His book came out in 1903 and would years later be considered, rightly so, a classic.
Jump ahead nine and a half decades and accomplished author and apparent sailing enthusiast Sam Llewellyn took up where the author ended with the same character, albeit no longer in a starring role.
So, this is and is not a series. It does and does not belong in this collection.
Two things make me enter it, though.
One, the adventure by Sam Llewellyn is a pretty good yarn in its own right.
Two, I am among the masses in considering the Childers' novel to be one of the first, best, spy stories and any opportunity to talk about it and recommend it should not be passed up.
The Riddle of the Sands
Written by Erskine Childers
Carruthers recounts to a friend the harrowing journey he took on the spur of the moment with an acquaintance named Davies. Davies needed help in his small sailing vessel but what he did not tell Carruthers was that it was to study German activities on a series of small islands off their coast, actions that Davies is convinced is in preparation for war.
The Shadow in the Sands
Written by Sam Llewellyn
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The Riddle of the Sands
Director: Tony Maylam
Writers: Tony Maylam, John Bailey
Actors: Michael York as Carruthers, Jenny Agutter as Clara, Simon MacCorkindale as Davies
The year is 1901. Two British yachtsman have sailed to the Frisian Islands off Germany when they come across the formation of a German fleet preparing to invade the U.K.
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