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For Comfort...Turn To Arthur Conan Doyle
27 March, 2020

For Comfort...Turn To Arthur Conan Doyle

It's heartwarming to find that Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes can give such comfort and escapism to so many at times like this. 

We're all feeling the far reaching impact of COVID-19 and one small or in some cases one large comfort is the ability to reach for a book - or plug into an audiobook as a liferaft to transport to another world - if only for an hour or so!

Testing Times

Arthur Conan Doyle of course was an M.D himself - and fought an epidemic of typhoid fever, as a volunteer doctor in South Africa during the Boer War, when his Langman Field Hospital gave its mock-address as Cafe Enterique, Boulevard des Microbes as described both in our Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters and the brand-new Sarah LeFanu book 'Something of Themselves' - which we've just added to our Recommended Reads. 

Here's a couple of pages that have caught our eye 

Android Central recommends the Sherlock Holmes audiobook By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Narrated by: Stephen Fry.

"Sherlock Holmes is one of literature's most beloved and classic figures, and listening to this full collection of his stories and adventures is one of the best ways I can personally think of to escape from all of the madness going on in the world right now."

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Oxford University Press recommends Sherlock Holmes, Selected Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

"Classics can provide comfort and escape in these uncertain times and we’ve compiled a short list of some of our favourites."

"For more than a century the Sherlock Holmes stories have held a strange, almost inexplicable grip on the popular imagination. They are intimately associated with late Victorian and Edwardian society, yet curiously timeless in their appeal. The characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, together with their housekeeper Mrs. Hudson and their address at 221B Baker Street are as familiar today as when they made their first appearance in the late 1880s. The stories have been endlessly interpreted, adapted, and modernized, but still it is to Arthur Conan Doyle’s originals that we return."

Check Out OUP's Top Classics List Here!

Other News

1 March, 2024

Holmes Fest 2024 - A Review by Richard Doyle

Great Nephew of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Richard Doyle - attended Holmes Fest 2024 in the Square Tower, Old Portsmouth, England on the evening of Sunday 18th February. He gives his review of a thoroughly well enjoyed evening and a great community gathering ...

5 February, 2024

Holmes Fest 2024

The Conan Doyle Estate are proud to be supporting Holmes Fest 2024. An evening of fun, sketches, poetry and song celebrating the life and times of Arthur Conan Doyle in Portsmouth, and his greatest creation Sherlock Holmes will run on 18th February at the Square Tower, Old Portsmouth.

6 December, 2023

EUP Complete Works of Conan Doyle

The Conan Doyle Estate is helping to sponsor a scholarly edition of Conan Doyle's writing produced by Edinburgh University Press. Three volumes have now rolled off the presses, and three more should follow in 2024.


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