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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859 and died in 1930. Within those years was crowded a variety of activity and creative work that made him an international figure and inspired the French to give him the epithet 'the good giant'. He was the nephew of 'Dickie Doyle' the artist, and was educated at Stonyhurst, and later studied medicine at Edinburgh University, where the methods of diagnosis of one of the professors provided the idea for the methods of deduction used by Sherlock Holmes.

He set up as a doctor at Southsea and it was while waiting for patients that he began to write. His growing success as an author enabled him to give up his practice and turn his attention to other subjects. He was a passionate advocate of many causes, ranging from divorce law reform and the Channel Tunnel to the issuing of inflatable life-jackets to sailors. He also campaigned to prove the innocence of individuals, and his work on the Edjalji case was instrumental in the introduction of the Court of Criminal Appeal. He was a volunteer physician in the Boer War and later in life became a convert to spiritualism.

His greatest achievement was, of course, his creation of Sherlock Holmes, who soon attained international status and constantly distracted him from his other work; at one time Conan Doyle killed him but was obliged by public protest to restore him to life. And in his creation of Dr Watson, Holmes's companion in adventure and chronicler, Conan Doyle produced not only a perfect foil for Holmes but also one of the most famous narrators in fiction. Penguin publish all the books about the great detective, A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Valley of Fear, His Last Bow, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, The Uncollected Sherlock Holmes and The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes.

If you like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle you might also like to read books by Boris Akunin, Christopher Fowler and The Detection Club, Colin Dexter, Robert Goddard, Reginald Hill.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Matthew Dunn, author of The Spycatcher, on The Complete Sherlock Holmes... Doyle’s fictional detective was featured in 56 short stories and 4 novels, between 1880 and 1914, and is largely seen through the eyes of his house...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/11/2009
Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Hound of the Baskervilles
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
One of P D James' favourite books. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tale featuring the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his erstwhile side-kick Dr Watson is an unforgettable and haunting tale that will have the reader on the edge...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/08/2007
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The terrible spectacle of the beast, the fog of the moor, the discovery of a body: this classic horror story pits detective against dog. The Hound of the Baskervilles gripped readers when it was first serialised and has continued...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/07/2001

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