Ralph Hammond Innes was a British novelist who wrote over 30 novels, as well as children’s and travel books. Born in Horsham, Sussex, he started work as a journalist with the Financial Times (at the time called the Financial News). The Doppelganger, his first novel, was published in 1937. In WWII he served in the Royal Artillery, eventually rising to the rank of Major. During the war, a number of his books were published, including Wreckers Must Breathe (1940), The Trojan Horse (1941) and Attack Alarm (1941); the last of which was based on his experiences as an anti-aircraft gunner during the Battle of Britain at RAF Kenley. After being demobbed in 1946, he worked full-time as a writer. Innes’ great love and experience of the sea, as an experienced yachtsman, was reflected in many of his novels. At his death he left the bulk of his estate to the Association of Sea Training Organisations, to enable others to gain training and experience in sailing the element he loved.
WRECKERS MUST BREATHE
‘Has all the quintessential Innes trademarks… adventure, excitement and a gripping storyline’ Scotsman
The spectre of another world war haunts journalist Walter Craig and disturbs the peace of his seaside holiday. But below the Cornish cliffs, hidden by churning seas, the enemy is very real indeed, and much closer than anyone could suspect. Craig and his singularly resourceful fisherman friend alone discover the terrible truth – a potentially devastating threat to Britain’s merchant ships – and alone must risk their lives against the might of the German navy. This is a classic wartime adventure from the master of suspenseful storytelling.
Published: VINTAGE CLASSICS, 6th June 2013
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THE WRECK OF THE MARY DEARE
‘The doyen of the well-made modern thriller’ Daily Telegraph
The battered hulk of a huge ship looms out of the stinging spray of a furious gale. Only one man, half-mad, remains aboard, working without sleep or sustenance to save her from sinking.
But this man is no hero, and this ship was not meant to be saved. As Hammond Innes’ classic tale moves from desperate struggles on the sea to a nail-biting courtroom controversy, the murky truth about the last voyage of the Mary Deare finally comes to light.
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Publication date: 6th June 2013
CAMPBELL’S KINGDOM – Buy the book HERE
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ANDY MCNAB
‘Hammond Innes was exceptional even within an exceptional breed… a romantic adventurer in the style of Rider Haggard, Robert Louis Stevenson and Rudyard Kipling’ Guardian
He was a man without hope, until a lawyer and a crazy inheritance spurred him to one last desperate roll of the dice.
The old man was convinced, against all evidence, that there was oil in the Rocky mountains. So his grandson sets off to a godforsaken town of shattered hopes and bitter old men, and plunges into a perilous battle against hostile country, powerful enemies and a ticking clock.
Published: VINTAGE CLASSICS
Publication Date: 6th June 2013
THE LONELY SKIER — Buy it here
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY STELLA RIMINGTON
‘A superbly constructed and atmospheric thriller’ Independent
It lies somewhere beneath the snow, high in the Dolomites: Nazi gold, tainted with the blood of murdered men. Only a few know its secrets, and one by one they come in search of it – a hot-tempered Italian Comtessa, a racketeering pimp, a Greek criminal, a film-maker and a hapless writer. A tense battle of wits leads to an explosive finale in Innes’ classic tale of revenge and deadly greed.
PUBLISHER: Vintage Classics
PUBLICATION DATE: 6th June 2013