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The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  

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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 mate, Dr Watson. Holmes’ cocaine addiction, penchant for filling their shared accommodation with odorous pipe tobacco, and violin playing in the early hours, would rile Watson, though he remained fiercely loyal to the detective because of his unique abilities to solve crimes in sprawling, overcrowded Victorian London. With his groundbreaking application of deductive reasoning, Holmes would be the man the police or government would turn to when faced with impossible cases. My desert island read.

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The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes is not only the most famous character in crime fiction, but arguably the most famous character in all fiction. In sixty adventures that pit his extraordinary wits and courage against foreign spies, blackmailers, cultists, petty thieves, murderers, swindlers, policemen (both stupid and clever), and his arch-nemesis Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes, together with his faithful sidekick Doctor John H. Watson, proves himself to be not only the quintessential detective but also the most engaging and entertaining company any reader could ask for. This beautiful new edition contains a new foreword by Ruth Rendell.

Reviews

'Holmes is a mesmerising creation and Conan Doyle a master storyteller' The Times

'The immense talent, passion and literary brilliance that Conan Doyle brought to his work gives him a unique place in English letters... Personally, I'd walk a million in tight boots just to read his letters to the milkman. -- Stephen Fry

'Why do people still read Sherlock Holmes in an age of DNA testing and electron microscopes? It's elementary. Holmes has a timeless intelligence that puts him head, shoulders and deer-stalker above all other detectives' -- Alexander McCall Smith

'I read every Sherlock Holmes story...they have certainly found a permanent place in English literature' -- Winston Churchill

'The world's most famous detective' -- Ruth Rendell

'The brilliance of the stories lies in the relationship between Holmes and Watson, which is both funny and touching -- Jonathan Coe

'Now, as in his lifetime, cab drivers, statesmen, academics, and raggedy-arsed children sit spellbound at his feet... No wonder, then, if the pairing of Holmes and Watson has triggered more imitators than any other duo in literature -- John Le Carre

About the Author

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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.

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Publication date

5th November 2009

Author

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Author's Website

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
1122 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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Classic crime

ISBN

9780141040288

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