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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312378971
  • ASIN: B003V1WDD2
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,674,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Russell Miller is a prize-winning journalist and the author of eight previous books. His oral histories of D-Day, Nothing Less Than Victory, and the Special Operations Executive, Behind the Lines, were widely acclaimed. His most recent book was Codename Tricycle: The True Story of the Second World War’s Most Extraordinary Double Agent. He lives in Britain.


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Russell Miller is a prize-winning journalist and the author of eight previous books. His oral histories of D-Day, Nothing Less Than Victory, and the Special Operations Executive, Behind the Lines, were widely acclaimed. His most recent book was Codename Tricycle: The True Story of the Second World War's Most Extraordinary Double Agent. He lives in Britain.

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So insightful and obviously well researched, it is beautifully written and so easy to read.
Nancy A. Kelly
A beautifully written book filled with insight and wisdom for all Sir Arthur C Doyle Fans and A must Have for Sherlock Collectors and Scholars alike .
Scott Dickens
I ordered this book for my sister, as she had recently read it from the Library and wished it for her own library.
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I've read a bit of Sherlock Holmes, knew vaguely of Conan Doyle's spiritualism, and heard he was a doctor. This lively account, the first drawn from CD's letters, tells much more, engagingly and efficiently. Anyone, Sherlockian or not, will find this an enjoyable and instructive narrative.

The early years open on mystery. CD's father's tragic alcoholism and insanity, his mother's strangely intimate longtime boarder half her age, and CD's own struggles as a poor medical graduate vividly evoke people's quirks and lapses behind the stern facade of later Victorian England and Scotland. While London, so well portrayed in the Holmes stories, surprisingly had been little lived in by CD, Miller's book conjures up the milieu effectively. He also does so in the wider world CD explored.

CD had an adventerous life even prior to his authorial success: whaling in the Arctic, sailing to Africa, golf at the pyramids, camel rides in Egypt gain in his letters as much verve and wit as the birth of his first child or the loss of his vacation home. Miller quotes from the correspondence to set off the anodyne autobiography, the mundane diary, and the assumptions of earlier biographers who lacked the letters as a crucial resource. From the letters, CD emerges as a hearty figure who in person was much more bluff and outgoing than readers of Holmes expected. Jingoistic, stubborn, and productive, CD after a rough start as an author found success with Sherlock, quit his practice, and wrote an amazing amount of work the rest of his life, albeit of diminishing quality.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nancy A. Kelly on March 4, 2009
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There aren't a whole lot of books that are good enough to be on a "can't put it down" list. The Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle certainly deserves a place at the top of this list. So insightful and obviously well researched, it is beautifully written and so easy to read. What more could a bibliophile ask for. It is a book that I will share with my book-loving family and, I might add, a book I will no doubt read again....and, down the line, again. Bravo to Mr. Miller.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mel R. Scurbica on April 1, 2010
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In this masterfully written biography, Russell Miller brings Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to life

Miller chronicles both the great genius and near-childlike foolishness that characterized Conan Doyle's life, while maintaining an even hand. It would be easy to deride Conan Doyle, who for the latter part of his life, was willingly taken in by the frauds and charlatans of the Spiritualist movement. Miller presents Conan Doyle's foibles while maintaining his respect for his subject.

A must-read for Sherlock Holmes fans, people who enjoy Victorian literature, and writers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By love2read on January 8, 2011
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A large volume but very readable. Arthur Conan Doyle is a fascinating person and I learned many surprising things about him. Make sure you read some Sherlock Holmes to enhance your understanding of the author. He was remarkable for starting the genre of the detective novel.
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A beautifully written book filled with insight and wisdom for all Sir Arthur C Doyle Fans and A must Have for Sherlock Collectors and Scholars alike . Easy to read and follow and take you right to the time period and your right there in the life of Sir Arthur C. Doyle ! Bravo 5'Stars
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