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  • Paperback: 1408 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions; New edition edition (5 Aug. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853268968
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853268960
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (489 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,383 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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"Arthur Conan Doyle is unique in simultaneously bringing the curtain down on an era and raising one on another, ushering in a genre of writing that, while imitated and expanded, has never been surpassed" (Stephen Fry)

"Sherlock Holmes is the very foundation stone of the edifice that is crime fiction" (The Times)

"I read these stories when I was a child and discussed them endlessly with my grandfather: one of my earliest literary memories. I know all the solutions off by heart now but it doesn't matter because the brilliance of the stories lies in the relationship between Holmes and Watson, which is both funny and touching" (Jonathan Coe Sunday Express)

"Now, as in his lifetime, cab drivers, statesmen, academics, and raggedy-arsed children sit spellbound at his feet -proof, if proof were needed, that Doyle's modesty of language conceals a profound tolerance of the human complexity... No wonder, then, if the pairing of Holmes and Watson has triggered more imitators than any other duo in literature. Contemporary cop dramas draw on them repeatedly" (John Le Carre The Times)

"Too much Holmes is no more likely than too much foie gras and no less desirable... Will delight his fans" (Oliver Marre Observer) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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A LUXURY EDITION CELEBRATING ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE'S 150th ANNIVERSARY --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Sept. 2000
Format: Paperback
Once you have read just one of the Sherlock Holmes stories you will want to read them all.
"The original illustrated Strand Sherlock Holmes" has the 4 novels and all 56 short stories complete with the original Strand Magazine illustrations by Sidney Paget and others. Sidney Paget created the famous deerstalker hat. The hat and pipe are instantly recognizable trademarks of Sherlock Holmes. He also created the layout of the rooms at 221b Baker street where Holmes and Dr. Watson reside.
In this book there are two things to be aware of. Firstly the illustration sadly lack some detail when reproduced in paperback, but they do convey all the atmosphere of Holmes, Watson and life in Victorian London. Secondly, the printed text is quite small so you will need good lighting to read it comfortably.
Apart from these shortcomings this is an excellent collection which I wholeheartedly recommend. Definitely worth five stars.
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440 of 465 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Nottingham on 11 Mar. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
There are no illustrations but that is not the main problem. The main problem is the Americanisation. These books are classics but they have been mangled for the American market. Wherever there should be a reference to brandy it has been changed to whiskey and soda, bacon and eggs has become ham and eggs plus all the appalling American spellings. Can't they leave anything alone!!!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By "jamyros" on 7 Sept. 2002
Format: Paperback
Conan Doyle had a wonderful abiblity of creating an atmosphere perfectly, even if the brilliant Sydney Paget drawings were not in this book, it would be very easy to imagine the scenes.
Though Doyle actually grew to disslike Holmes, these stories are by far the best, in my opinion, of all the other books he has written (e.g Brigadere Gerard and The Lost World) This book includes all 4 novels and all 56 short stories of Sherlock Holmes, as they were printed in the Strand magazine.
These stories are addictive, it took me 4 months to read the whole book, yet I didn't get bored or sick of it for a moment! If you've never read a Holmes story before, you may find the first novel a little difficult to grasp, as it has a thick plot, and tends to drag on a bit. But all of the short stories are written perfectly and describe Holmes and Watson's friendship progress. They all have a unique plot and disserve individual attension.
If you like Holmes and/or mystery stories, then this is the book for you! so buy it!
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143 of 153 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Aug. 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
I bought this book with great excitement as one of the first books for my new Kindle. The stories themselves are fantastic and don't need any review from me. However, I was very disappointed in the quality of the Kindle edition. There are lines missing and at one point where there should be a diagram, there is, instead, an advertisement for a Kindle edition of the complete works of Jane Austen. It's a shame that something so shoddy should be on sale. If it was an actual book I would've returned it. Get your finger out Amazon.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christof on 23 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
I do not want to repeat what the many other reviewers say, so I'll just give you my brief opinion.

Firstly, this edition: It's very large and heavy and the text is quite small, so not ideal for bedtime reading. But it does have the complete Holmes, so hurrah!

Secondly, Holmes: Many of the Sherlock Holmes stories are exceptional. You should never just skim read them, but absorb them. Absorb the evidence you are given and in the better stories you could deduce what Holmes deduces and you'll kick yourself when he solves it!

On the other hand, there are a few run of the mill stories that simply tell a tale, rather than get you involved with the crime. These stories I do not like as much - although they are still a good read.

Should you buy this book? Sure, do it. It is large, but everyone likes different Holmes stories and it's great to dip into when you fancy nothing else. And it is outstanding value.
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90 of 97 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 July 2002
Format: Paperback
I discovered Sherlock Holmes a few months ago and I can not believe how good these stories are. I read all the stories in about three weeks. I have now almost finished them for a second time and a second reading has only increased my appreciation for them.
There are many things about these stories that I find to be brilliant but I will discuss only three in this review so as not to make it too long.
The first is that Holmes is actually as brilliant as his reputation would have everyone believe. Something that I find extremely annoying in fiction is when a character has a reputation for being a fantastic investigator or for being great at something else but they never do anything to prove themselves worthy of that reputation. The character just seems to have average intelligence and the writer makes the main character look smart by making everyone else stupid. Doyle actually went to the trouble of thinking up brilliant things for Holmes to do instead of just making everyone else in the stories stupid as a lot of writers do.
The second is the way Doyle handled Holmes and Watson's relationship. Something else that I have come to detest in fiction is the typical friendship in which the characters are too often making a huge sacrifice for one another and are too frequently having big emotional scenes together. Relationships such as that eventually get to the point where they seem too unrealistic and no longer make me feel anything. But Doyle manages to convince the reader that Holmes and Watson are close friends without any of the sacrifices or emotional scenes. He uses little things to show the depth of their friendship which prevents it from ever becoming sappy or too fictional. Also, the way he wrote the characters helps a great deal to establish them as being close friends.
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