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The Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle

By Christopher Sandford

9780750998581

ISBN: 9780750998581

Published: 06-01-2022


The Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle

By Christopher Sandford

ISBN: 9780750998581

Published: 06-01-2022

About This Book

When Arthur Conan Doyle was a lonely 7-year-old schoolboy at pre-prep Newington Academy in Edinburgh, a French émigré named Eugene Chantrelle was engaged there to teach Modern Languages. A few years later, Chantrelle would be hanged for the particularly grisly murder of his wife, beginning Conan Doyle’s own association with some of the bloodiest crimes of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. This early link between actual crime and the greatest detective story writer of all time is one of many. Using freshly available evidence and eyewitness testimony, Christopher Sandford follows these links and draws out the connections between Conan Doyle’s literary output and factual criminality, a pattern that will enthral and surprise the legions of Sherlock Holmes fans. In a sense, Conan Doyle wanted to be Sherlock – to be a man who could bring order and justice to a terrible world.

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