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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,218 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julian Barnes Narrator: Nigel Anthony Publisher: AudioGO Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Julian Barnes' Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel is based on Arthur Conan Doyle's extraordinary real-life fight for justice.

Arthur and George grow up worlds and miles apart in late nineteenth-century Britain: Arthur in shabby-genteel Edinburgh; George in the vicarage of a small Staffordshire village. Arthur becomes a doctor, and then a writer; George a solicitor in Birmingham. Arthur is to become one of the most famous men of his age; George remains in hardworking obscurity. But as the new century begins, they are brought together by a sequence of events which made sensational headlines at the time as The Great Wyrley Outrages.

George Edjali's father is Indian, his mother Scottish. When the family begins to receive vicious anonymous letters, many about their son, they put it down to racial prejudice. They appeal to the police, to no less than the Chief Constable, but to their dismay he appears to suspect George of being the letters' author. Then someone starts slashing horses and livestock. Again the police seem to suspect the shy, aloof Birmingham solicitor. He is arrested and, on the flimsiest evidence, sent to trial, found guilty, and sentenced to seven years' hard labour.

Arthur Conan Doyle, famous as the creator of the world's greatest detective, is mourning his first wife (having been chastely in love for 10 years with the woman who was to become his second) when he hears about the Edjali case. Incensed at this obvious miscarriage of justice, he is galvanised into trying to clear George's name. With a mixture of detailed research and vivid imagination, Julian Barnes brings to life not just this long-forgotten case, but the inner lives of these two very different men. The reader sees them both with stunning clarity, and almost inhabits them as they face the vicissitudes of their lives, whether in the dock hearing a verdict of guilty, or trying to live an honourable life while desperately in love with another woman.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rita | 2/18/2014

    " Good read and skillful work by Barnes. Found the grounding in fact very interesting. Doyle's interest in the Occult was strange. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Oldesq | 2/17/2014

    " A pseudo historical novel about the intersection of the lives of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and George Edalji. Edalji was a Birmingham solicitor whose father was of Parsi origin and who was charged with the "Great Wyrley Outrages" a series six horse slashings at Plant Pit Meadow. This novel recounts the course and results of the criminal investigation into the incidents. The ending is true to the real events and, thus, a terrible whimper and is completely unsatisfactory to the reader. Nonetheless the rest of the book was an engrossing read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Beth | 2/10/2014

    " Arthur is Arthur Conan Doyle -I can't remember George's last name, but he was real too. This imaginative account of how George's problem rescued Arthur from despair is cleverly written and focused on the multi-dimensional lives of both men. A great read for people who love historical fiction, and/or mystery. I have a couple of questions that I couldn't find the answers to in the novel, so if you read it, I'd love to discuss. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Liz | 2/8/2014

    " Very skillful weaving of the narrative between George and Arthur. Brilliant characterisation. "

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