The rich life Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) is featured here: His work as a doctor, his novels and journalistic writings, his support of Spiritualism and his defense of fairies. This is a unique set for the 150th anniversary of his birth. After his early years in medicine, the writing talents of Arthur Conan Doyle took over. Sherlock Holmes and Professor Challenger were among his successes.
David Timson, an actor and director who has read the complete Sherlock Holmes collection for Naxos AudioBooks, has compiled this commemorative collection showing the range of Conan Doyle's life and work. It includes the 2CD biography by Hesketh Pearson, The Speckled Band, an excerpt from The Lost World and his defense of the Cottingley Fairies.
THis is a really excellent series of miscellaneous items about Conan Doyle, including an amusing and informative biography, sample stories and some fascinating articles. The stories are not just from Holmes, but include Professor Challenger, Brigadier Gerard and - joy of joys - his historical and horror stories. I've long thought that Conan Doyle's short stories are as good as those of HG Wells, Saki or even - very, very occasionally - MR James. While not a fan of his longer historical novels (Sir Nigel etc.), its good to be reminded of them. The collection also includes an article about the notorious Yorkshire fairies and, as a final gem - and only available in audio! - a recording of the man himself discussing spiritualism. I've read Conan Doyle since I was a child, and honestly thought I knew everything worth knowing about him, but I learned much that was entirely new and startling - for example, discovering that as a very young medical student he paid his way through medical school by serving on a whaler explained many of his references to the sea in the short stories. I emerged from this entertained, intrigued and with a real sense of the man, with all his charm and vulnerabilities.
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