World War I
To mark the centenary of the ‘The Great War’ of 1914-18 Real Reads has published retellings of some of the key works of the period – John Buchan’s stirring The Thirty-nine Steps, Erskine Childers’ gripping spy story The Riddle of the Sands, and Erich Remarque’s first-hand battlefield experiences in All Quiet on the Western Front. Real Reads World War I titles are an important addition to our list.
The Thirty-Nine Steps
‘It wouldn’t be pleasant sharing my flat with a dead body, but there was nothing else I could do.’
Richard Hannay is bored with life in London. Then he discovers a horrible crime, and finds himself in the middle of a clever and frightening plot. Can he find the proof he needs to save his country from disaster?
When Hannay hides out on the wild Scottish moors, will he escape from the dangerous gang who want to silence him forever? Who can he trust on his journey?Time is running out for Hannay and his friends. Will he be able to discover the secret of the thirty-nine steps before it is too late?
The Riddle of the Sands
‘It seems pretty clear to me that sooner or later we’ll be at war with Germany, whether we like it or not’
Carruthers is looking forward to a relaxing holiday when he sets off for the Baltic Sea. Instead he finds himself at the centre of a complicated and deadly plot.
Will Carruthers and his friend Arthur Davies discover why the sinister and mysterious Herr Dollman is so interested in their little yacht, the Dulcibella? What does Clara Dollman know about her father’s plans?
Some secret scheme has brought Commander von Brüning of the Imperial German Navy to the East Frisian Islands. Can Carruthers and Davies solve the riddle of the sands?
All Quiet on the Western Front
‘There is a whistling sound behind us. Shells pass overhead and explode in a sheet of flame a hundred meters away.’
When Paul Büumer and his classmates join the army, nothing has prepared them for the death and destruction that they witness. Machine guns, huge artillery shells and poison gas create a nightmare world for these young men and their older comrades.
For months and years attack is followed by counter–attack. Will any of Paul’s friends survive long enough to return to their families and loved ones? Will there be a place for them at home, when peace finally comes?
Can any of these soldiers make sense of the massive conflict in which they are involved?
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