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Arthur Conan Doyle was born to a family of Roman Catholics in Edinburgh, in 1859. His father, Charles, was a civil servant who suffered from epilepsy and alcoholism. He was educated in Jesuit schools and eventually lost his faith in Catholicism in favor of his Jesuit training. He would later use his friends and teachers from Stonyhurst College as inspiration for characters in his Holmes stories.
A charming and exquisite recreation of the miniature Sherlock Holmes story from the library of Queen Mary's famous Dolls' House, on display at Windsor Castle. Alongside the miniature book, which measures just 38.5 x 30 mm, the edition also contains an informative booklet with a transcript of the story and information about the Dolls' House. Queen Mary's Dolls' House is the largest and most famous of its kind in the world, and has a library containing miniature works by all the major writers and artists of the day.
Classic story-telling from the master of the detective novel. Ace detective Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr Watson are called to a house where something sinister has taken place. The police cannot get any clues as to why there is the body of a dead man with a look of horror on his face but no sign of a struggle. Or, what the letters written in blood on the walls could possibly mean. With his customary powers of deduction Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson follow the threads of the mystery through grimy backwaters of London all the way to South America. Rich in detail and full of surprise, it is a gripping story. A second story, 'The Country of the Saints,' is also included in this volume.
Caroline Lawrence, July 2012 Guest Editor: "When my brother and sister and I were 9, 10 and 11 – far too old to be read to, according to all accepted convention – my mother introduced us to Sherlock Holmes, and not just before bed. I’ll never forget one blistering summer afternoon in Bakersfield, California. We were sitting in the dim, cool garage as our mother read the Hound of the Baskervilles. Gradually kids from all over the neighborhood appeared and soon she had a captivated audience of kids in shorts and sneakers. As the asphalt bubbled outside, we were transported to the foggy moors of Devon where we shivered as we saw the footprints of a gigantic hound!" Also chosen by February 2010 Guest Editor Tim Bowler: "Another stunning thriller. I read this when I was twelve and it was my first Sherlock Holmes story. I've been a massive fan ever since. It's not just the double act of Holmes and Watson that makes these stories so compelling. It's the way Conan Doyle conveys evil. For all the quirkiness of the plots, the Holmes stories carry a relentless sense of menace; and nowhere is this greater than in The Hound of the Baskervilles with its dark mystery, its sinister characters and the bleak Dartmoor location, said to be haunted by a demonic hound." The LoveReading Comment: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tale featuring the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his erstwhile side-kick Dr Watson is an unforgettable and haunting tale that will have the reader on the edge of their seat until the discovery of the truth about the family curse. The mysterious hound that terrorises the Grimpen Mire is a truly terrifying creature. Holmes and Watson unravel the story that surrounds the death of Sir Charles Baskerville against the wild atmosphere of the Devon countryside. Just click here to view our range of Children’s Classics.
A land before time - a journey beyond belief...Unlucky in love, but desperate to prove himself in an adventure, journalist Ed Malone is sent to test the infamous and hot-tempered Professor Challenger on his bizarre South American expedition findings - not least his sketches of a strange plateau and the monstrous creatures that appear to live there. But rather than being angry at his questions, Challenger invites him along on his next field trip. Malone is delighted: until it becomes clear that the Professor was telling the truth about the terrible lost world he has discovered.
The untold story of Sherlock Holmes' greatest rival, Moriarty! Before he was Sherlock's rival, Moriarty fought against the unfair class caste system in London by making sure corrupt nobility got their comeuppance. But even the most well-intentioned plans can spin out of control-will Moriarty's dream of a more just and equal world turn him into a hero...or a monster? In the late 19th century, Great Britain rules over a quarter of the world. Nobles sit in their fancy homes in comfort and luxury, while the working class slaves away at their jobs. When young Albert James Moriarty's upper-class family adopts two lower-class orphans, the cruelty the boys experience at his family's hands cements Albert's hatred of the nobility he was born into. He asks the older of the two boys-who has a genius mind and a killer instinct-to help him rid the world of evil, starting with Albert's own family!
Includes QR codes for the free audiobooks Engaging illustrations that encourage interaction and mystery-solving Includes rarely published titles amongst the famous Sherlock Holmes stories
This classic edition of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is perfect for all ages: it comes complete with the novel, plus an introduction providing context and a glossary explaining key terms. * Fantastic value for Conan Doyle's The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes book * Easy to read font in an accessible format * Also available in Collins Classroom Classics The Sign of Four * A new introduction provides context * Bespoke glossary explains key terms
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