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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!

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4 August, 2020

It's Elementary

We are so delighted to be a part of this incredibly special launch with Royal Mail. As you may know Arthur was a prolific writer of letters and we know he would give his tremendous approval of these beautiful stamps.

29 July, 2020

Moorland Matters

We enjoyed Mark Griffiths' Country Life article 'Unleashed, mad and dangerous' How Britain's wild, romantic moorland is our signature habitat, inspiring everything from Beowulf to The Hound of the Baskervilles.

17 July, 2020

Fantasy Dinner

We love this article from the FT's personal finance editor - Claer Barrett. It's her fantasy dinner with the chef, guests, dishes, drinks and location for her ultimate supper. We're delighted that our man Arthur Conan Doyle is pride of place at the table. Here's a look at why she chose Arthur.


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