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This autobiography of Arthur Conan Doyle describes the varied aspects of his professional life as a doctor, sportsman, adventurer, political campaigner and author. It recounts the many true adventures that befell him and his relationship with such figures as Oscar Wilde, Kipling and Arthur Balfour.
Published March 1st 1993 by Gaslight Publications (first published January 1st 1924)
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José Nebreda
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Siempre es un placer leer a Conan Doyle. Sus "Memorias y aventuras" nos hacen retroceder a esa época victoriana y post-vistoriana en la que se escribieron algunas de las mejores obras literarias, o al menos algunos de los relatos y novelas que más disfruto. La pena, que no se hable demasiado de nuestro querido Sherlock. En cuanto al tema psíquico y espiritista (ese último capítulo y breves atisbos durante todo el libro), ¡joder!, casi consigue convencerle a uno. La edición de Valdemar, como siem ...more
Dan  Ray
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I was in the 8th grade at the time and picked an autobiography at semi-random for an oral report. Little did I realize that this would turn out to be so long, yet also so fascinating. I ended up giving a 15min report to my class that got cut off at the 50minute mark as the class ended. Safe to say I've been a huge ACD fan ever since. He led an amazing life of adventure, in a very British way.
Nov 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Memories of Conan Doyle are one of the best pieces of this genre that I have ever read. In the book, Doyle analyzes his life in detail - lineage (Irish descent), family (life with his first and second wives, death of his brother and only son in World War), literature career (Sherlock Holmes stories and historical novels), sports interests (golf, boxing, cricket, football, billyard) ,travels (North pole, Egypt, America, etc), influences on the masterpieces that he wrote (Voltaire Scott, Edgar ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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These memoirs are written in ACD’s signature style: clear, fun, and easy to read. His life was as adventurous as his short stories and novels. Something was embellished, something glossed over, and something omitted, but on the whole it was a candid account.

- For example, he is graphic and shockingly straightforward, writing about the severe corporal punishment he suffered as a boy at Stonyhurst, a Jesuit school he attended, and which made him cast off his Roman-Catholic faith.

- However, he glos
Carol Palmer
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very good memoirs of one of the most famous authors. Interestingly, there is very little in this book that relates to his famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, or any of his other fictional novels. I enjoy reading Doyle -- he has a fluid, easy-going style that is very descriptive. And he certainly had an exciting and adventurous life!
Nanci Svensson
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
It's depressing to realize that the creator of one's favorite, rational and unsentimental fictional character (Sherlock, Sherlock!) believed in ghost, fairies and the Empire. This in addition (deduced from this autobiography) to apparently having been an utter bore. Sigh.
John Threadgill
Too much about how wonderful the Brits are. "The good Tommy soldier". The "dirty" Hun (& Kaffa's & Fuzzy-wazzies). So arrogant and elitist. :-( Maybe a sign of the times?

Didn't realise Doyle was so much into the occult & mediums.
yes, Sherlock Holmes stories are fascinating, but the autobiography of the author himself is just as interesting!
Could use better pictures tho... (and Sherlock related pics eat up something like 20 pages!)
Feb 23, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, a talented illustrator, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.

Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname (if that is how he meant it to be understood) is u

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