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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions; 1998 EDITION edition (5 Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853267481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853267482
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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The final volume of classic Sherlock Holmes stories on audio --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was a doctor by trade; optician more specifically. It is rumoured that during his off periods of work he would think about and write his various stories. He is well known for several science fiction works, but of course his most recognizable works are the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. He died in 1930.
He tried desperately to "kill off" Holmes so that he could pursue other genres of writing as well, and not just be known for the Holmes mysteries. However, after much public outcry, Holmes returned in "The Empty House" and in many other stories following, up to the "Case Book of Sherlock Holmes" collection.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Macrae on 16 Mar 2012
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These books are manufactured to a size and style that is very attractive to hold, The author and stories are of course, well known The binding, paper, print and gold-edging is very nice , Iv'e bought the whole Holmes collection by this Publisher, and are reading them all. very handy pocket size.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Aug 2000
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be one of the best collections of Sherlock Holmes stories I've ever read...a fantastic selection, which includes the classic stories, alongside such as 'The Final Problem', and loads others.A must-read book for any lovers of mystery !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Pundit VINE VOICE on 22 Jan 2014
Format: Paperback
Everyone who knows about good quality storytelling knows about Sherlock Holmes so I'll skip his background and just say; superb stories by a superb writer about a superb detective.
Everyone will have there own favourites, for me they're that creepy "The Speckled Band" and my all time favourite "The Blue Carbuncle", the way Holmes draws his conclusion about the owner of the hat and Watson's flabbergasted reply is hilarious.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Doctor John Watson for writing them down for our perusal, and very much hope Inspector Lestrade has learned a thing or two.
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The stories are -

A Scandal in Bohemia

The Red-Headed League

The Five Orange Pips

The Man with the Twisted Lip

The Blue Carbuncle

The Speckled Band

The Copper Beeches

Silver Blaze

The Musgrave Ritual

The Reigate Squires

The Greek Interpreter

The Final Problem

The Empty House

The Dancing Men

The Solitary Cyclist

The Priory School

Charles Augustus Milverton

The Second Stain

The Devils Foot

The Illustrious Client.
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Trivia:-In Egypt to qualify as a detective you had to read these stories at the end of your training.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By julietta on 11 April 2013
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Loving reading these stories which (somehow) passed me by before!
Excellent value for money.
Oldy-worldy pics throughout, which depict parts of the stories.
The font's a little small though - get your glasses ready.
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By A E Pedley on 13 July 2014
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