The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers

‘I say, what’s that chap doing behind the beach hut?’ The ‘Sound Charades’ round of Radio 4 comedy quiz I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue once used this sentence to describe The Riddle Of The Sands. It’s an excellent joke. There aren’t so many laughs in the book. The sandbanks of the title are around…