The Man Who Would Be Sherlock: The Real-Life Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle

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St. Martin's Publishing Group, Dec 4, 2018 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages

A world-famous biographer reveals the strange relationship between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's real life and that of Sherlock Holmes in the engrossing The Man Who Would Be Sherlock.

Though best known for the fictional cases of his creation Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle was involved in dozens of real life cases, solving many, and zealously campaigning for justice in all. Stanford thoroughly and convincingly makes the case that the details of the many events Doyle was involved in, and caricatures of those involved, would provide Conan Doyle the fodder for many of the adventures of the violin-playing detective.

There can be few (if any) literary creations who have found such a consistent yet evolving independent life as Holmes. He is a paradigm that can be endlessly changed yet always maintains an underlying consistent identity, both drug addict and perfect example of the analytic mind, and as Christopher Sandford demonstrates so clearly, in many of these respects he mirrors his creator.


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The author looks at Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's association with some of the most famous criminal cases of his time. The famous novelist is portrayed as energetic, determined and an advocate of the ... Read full review

The Man Who Would Be Sherlock

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The subject of how the creator of Sherlock Holmes emulated his famous detective in real life is not a new one, and this sloppy account by biographer Sandford (Union Jack) of two of Conan Doyle’s most ... Read full review


The Darkness of Doyles Mind
Duet with an occasional chorus
The creeping Man
You Never Forget the First Nick of the razor
The lost world
A case of Identity
As Brutal and callous a crime as has ever Been recorded
Is conan Doyle Mad?

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CHRISTOPHER SANDFORD has published acclaimed biographies of Kurt Cobain, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Imran Khan, Harold Macmillan, John F. Kennedy, Steve McQueen, and Roman Polanski. He is also the author of Masters of Mystery: The Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini. Rolling Stone has called him "the pre-eminent author in his field today." Sandford divides his time between Seattle and London.

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