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A MAJOR NEW BIOGRAPHICAL STUDY OF ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE

OUT OF THE SHADOWS:
THE UNTOLD STORY OF ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE'S FIRST FAMILY
by Georgina Doyle

ISBN: 1-55310-064-6 (Casebound); 1-55310-072-7 (Softbound). 428pp.

PRICE:
Casebound: Cdn$55.00 / US$42.50 / £25.00 (Postage Code A)
Paperback: Cdn$35.00 / US$25.00 / £15.00 (Postage Code A)

ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE remains one of the most popular of our literary personalities, and new biographical studies appear regularly. One neglected aspect of Conan Doyle's life, however, has been the period of his first marriage: his relationship with his wife Louise, and his children Mary and Kingsley; and how the relationship with those children changed following the death of their mother in 1906. This was a particularly fruitful period of Conan Doyle's life—the time when he was establishing himself as a major literary figure, and when he produced much of his finest work.

Happily, Georgina Doyle is now able to enhance our understanding of the background and early family life of the creator of such memorable characters as Brigadier Gerard and Sherlock Holmes. Drawing on a storehouse of letters and diaries left by her husband John Doyle, the son of Arthur's brother Innes, she provides a detailed and thought-provoking account, illustrating it with more than seventy photographs from her own collection. This study does, indeed, bring Louise Conan Doyle and her children out of the shadows which have hidden them for far too long.

© Calabash Press 2004