Original language: English.
First edition: 2007.
Date read: Sep-Oct 2011.
Plot summary (from the back cover): […] This candid, never-before-published volume of letters sheds light on Conan Doyle’s fascinating career, not only as an author but as a physician, sportsman, war correspondent and crusader for social justice. From his troubled marriage to his controversial Spiritualist beliefs and from his early whale-hunting days to later celebrity, each chapter of Conan Doyle’s life was as gripping as any of his own adventure tales.
Opinion: An incredible insight on the life and the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A character in his own right, C. D. did whatever he wanted, met loads of interesting people -including J.M. Barrie, Rudyard Kipling, H. G. Wells, Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde-, and lived his life to the fullest; We can read how he loathed his most famous character, Sherlock Holmes, and how he was forced to bring it back to life due to financial pressures. In this collection of letters we can see he was the most extraordinary man who loved and supported all his family. Of course, we can also read that he wasn’t perfect, and we have an account on his 10-year affair with the woman who’d become his second wife -Jean Leckie.
Personal rating: 10/10