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The Narrative of John Smith - Arthur Conan Doyle - limited edition (hardback)

Published Date:
September 2011
Publisher:
British Library
ISBN:
9780712358491
Bibliographic Details:
Hardback, cloth bound with slipcase, 144 pages, 195 x 130mm
Author:
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Editor:
With an introduction by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower and Rachel Foss
Stock
AVAILABLE
Price:
£100.00
QTY
Free UK P&P for orders over £15

This is a special slipcased cloth-bound edition, limited to 250 numbered copies.

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 novel of considerable biographical importance.

Review
'... the heart of every lover of British writing will rejoice at this discovery of an early and as yet unpublished work by the creator of Holmes, Watson, Moriarty and Professor Challenger.' Stephen Fry

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