Erskine Childers

(1870—1922) author and politician

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writer and political activist, was a clerk in the House of Commons (1895–1910), served in the Boer War, and in 1921 was appointed director of publicity for the Irish Republicans. In 1922 he was court‐martialled and shot by a firing squad. As a writer he is remembered for his novel The Riddle of the Sands (1903), often described as the first example of spy fiction, a sea story about two amateur British yachtsmen who discover German preparations for an invasion of England.

Subjects: Literature.

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