Ostensibly a biography of Arthur Conan Doyle, this is a history of 19th century literature and specifically of the detective novel.
Arthur was born in Edinburgh of Irish parents. His father, a talented artist, was “retired” from work at an early age because of his alcoholism. Arthur, who was 17 at that time, never discussed his father’s problem.
His mother, whom he adored, encouraged him to read, particularly in French, and he started to write at the age of five. Although he got a degree in Medicine and a Master of Surgery from the University of Edinburgh, and established a practice in Portsmouth, he never stopped writing. A revealing study by Michael Sims.