Posted by: Laura Gross Smith | September 30, 2012

Arthur and George by Julian Barnes

ImageIf you enjoy Sherlock Holmes, you just might be interested in this wonderful novel by Julian Barnes. It is the story of Sherlock’s creator, Arthur Conan-Doyle, and George Edalji, a solicitor who is charged with a crime he didn’t commit. Part of the novel follows the character of Arthur, part follows George and finally their lives intersect as Conan-Doyle becomes fascinated with the trial of this man, the son of an Indian vicar, and tries to clear his name. The novel explores Conan-Doyle’s relationship with his first wife, Louisa Hawkins, and his friendship with Jean Leckie, as well as his fascination with spiritualism. It is a great book for historical fiction buffs as well as Sherlock Holmes fans. 


  1. Thanks Laura. It sounds like an interesting read! -Michelle

    • Oh, yes, I read about this. I definitely want to read it. Thanks for the reminder! Am going to fire up my Kindle now to see if it can be downloaded. Cyn

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