‘This Crappy Book …’

IF you don’t know how to begin your book review you reach straight for the Dictionary of Quotations. So: ‘I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so’ – Sydney Smith, essayist and compulsive reviewer. And there, you are started.

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Arthur Conan Doyle: A Man Divided

Book Review: Conan Doyle: The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes by Andrew Lycett, and Arthur Conan Dyole: A Life In Letters by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower and Charles Foley

THE inventor of Sherlock Holmes was the most commercially successful author of his time; by his death in 1930 he was one of the best-known Britons in the world. Arthur Conan Doyle was a phenomenon: practising doctor, war correspondent, businessman, politician and a campaigner for legal and colonial reforms as well as a popular novelist. He was a one-man intellectual conglomerate.

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