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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but flawed
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's autobiography gives a fascinating insight into his life and career and is worth reading for any student of his life.

However, like anyone writing about themselves, Doyle tends to avoid discussing those parts of his life about which he is uncomfortable. Consequently he does not devote much time to his Holmes works which he considered...
Published on 20 Jan 2009 by Alistair Duncan

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You don't receive the book you ordered because of an Amazon cataloguing error
I've told Amazon about this several times now. But nothing seems to get done about it. When you order this book, you receive instead a complete and unabridged version of three books that are three collections of Sherlock Holmes stories. In effect, you receive a complete set of every sherlock holmes story that Doyle ever wrote. Which is a nice book. BUT it's not his...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but flawed, 20 Jan 2009
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This review is from: Memories and Adventures : An Autobiography (Wordsworth Literary Lives) (Paperback)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's autobiography gives a fascinating insight into his life and career and is worth reading for any student of his life.

However, like anyone writing about themselves, Doyle tends to avoid discussing those parts of his life about which he is uncomfortable. Consequently he does not devote much time to his Holmes works which he considered less worthy than other parts of his life. For the reader however, Holmes is undoubtedly of significant interest. The book also contains the odd inaccuracy. For example, in discussing his brief turn as an eye specialist, Doyle gives us the incorrect address for where his practice was located.

So, in short, this book is worth buying for Doyle's personal perspective on his life but if you want more detail on Holmes and other areas of his life you would do better to purchase one of the many excellent biographies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You don't receive the book you ordered because of an Amazon cataloguing error, 14 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Memories and Adventures : An Autobiography (Wordsworth Literary Lives) (Paperback)
I've told Amazon about this several times now. But nothing seems to get done about it. When you order this book, you receive instead a complete and unabridged version of three books that are three collections of Sherlock Holmes stories. In effect, you receive a complete set of every sherlock holmes story that Doyle ever wrote. Which is a nice book. BUT it's not his autobiography!!!!! The two booksellers that I tried ordering this from both put the wrong sticker on the wrong book...... Like I say I HAVE informed Amazon of this cataloguing error but my feedback fell on completely deaf ears. So if you want to buy his autobiography, you're out of luck with Amazon...... And if you DO find a stockist, please let me know as I would dearly love to own a copy of the book pictured here!!!
I have now bought A Life in Letters, which I can recommend. I don't recommend this one though.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Received the wrong book, 5 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Memories and Adventures : An Autobiography (Wordsworth Literary Lives) (Paperback)
Like Dracfrank and M. Wood, I received a collections book of Sherlock Holmes stories entitled, "Arthur Conan Doyle 3 Books in 1" - the delivery note reflects the order correctly, however.

From comments on M. Wood's review, it seems that two very similarly named books exist, and that more than one Amazon Marketplace reseller has labelled this book wrongly, and the one I've received has a completely different title.

Until anyone can confirm that they've received the correct book after ordering it here, I would strongly recommend purchasing elsewhere if possible.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong book!, 5 Feb 2013
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I too have had the experience of ordering the Conan Doyle Autobiography and receiving instead a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, all of which I already have.
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