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Narrative of John Smith (audio CD)

Published Date:
September 2011
The British Library
Bibliographic Details:
5 CDs with booklet, running time: 270 minutes
Arthur Conan Doyle
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Arthur Conan Doyle wrote his first novel The Narrative of John Smith in 1883 when he was just 23, living in Portsmouth and struggling to establish himself as a doctor and a writer. Never published before, it has exceptional value as a window into the mind of the creator of Sherlock Holmes, and many of the themes and tropes of Conan Doyle's later writing can clearly be seen.

Through John Smith, a 50-year-old man confined to his room by an attack of gout, Conan Doyle sets down his thoughts and opinions on a range of subjects – literature, science, religion, war, politics – making it a work of considerable biographical importance.

Read by BAFTA award-winning actor Robert Lindsay.

‘Read with warmth and energy by Robert Lindsay, it is like having a daringly iconoclastic companion producing a fountain of comment on the current (ie 1883) situation’
Christina Hardyment, The Times

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