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Arthur Conan Doyle

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ISBN 10: 1919854134 / ISBN 13: 9781919854137
Editore: Galago Books
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(Subject: Colonial & Other Wars ) This major work has long been recognised as one of the most important books written on the Anglo Boer War. Whilst working as a surgeon with British forces Conan-Doyle spent much of his time questioning British and Boer wounded in the field hospitals. He spoke to soldiers ranking from generals to cavalry troopers and, with a meticulous eye for detail, produced this balanced account showing the viewpoints of both protagonists. First published in October 1900, this 19th edition is recognised as the final complete work from which this volume has been reproduced as a facsimile reprint. (Published: 1999) (Publisher: Galago Books) (ISBN: 1919854134) (Pagination: x + 769pp, maps, ills.) (Condition: New in card covers) UL-XXXXXX. Codice inventario libreria 20080-01

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While working as a surgeon with British forces the author spent much of his free time questioning British and Boer wounded in the field hospitals gaining first hand account of the battles they had fought in. In addition he spoke to soldiers ranking from generals to cavalry troopers. With a meticulous eye for detail he produced this stunningly balanced account that shows the viewpoints of both protagonists.


The life of Arthur Conan Doyle illustrates the excitement and diversity of the Victorian age unlike that of any other single figure of the period. At different points in his life he was a surgeon on a whaling ship; a GP; an apprentice eye-surgeon; an unsuccessful parliamentary candidate (twice); a multi-talented sportsman; one of the inventors of cross-country skiing in Switzerland; a formidable public speaker; a campaigner against miscarriages of justice; a military strategist; a writer in a range of forms; and the head of an extraordinary family. In his autobiography, he wrote: 'I have had a life which, for variety and romance, could, I think, hardly be exceeded.' He was not wrong. But Conan Doyle was also a Victorian with a twist, a man of tensions and contradictions. He was fascinated by travel, exploration, and invention, indeed all things modern and technological; yet at the same time he was also very traditional, voicing support for values such as chivalry, duty, constancy, and honour. By the time of his death in July 1930 he was a celebrity, achieving worldwide fame and notoriety for his creation of the rationalist, scientific super-detective Sherlock Holmes; yet at the same time his later decades were taken up with his advocacy of the new religion of Spiritualism, in which he was a devoted believer.

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