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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: May 2006 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Liz | 2/8/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 1/30/2014

    " A really enjoyable light read. The era is fascinating, and is really brought to life by the author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Connelly | 1/28/2014

    " The book started off like gangbusters and it immediately grabbed me in. I thought the story was well written and intriguing and was the making of a good mystery. I felt a bit disappointed at the end of the book that some issues seemed unresolved or unsatisfactorily addressed. This was the second Barnes book I read and will be the last for a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/19/2014

    " If you like Sherlock Holmes, you'll love this historical fiction book about Arthur Conan Doyle and his times. Wonderful. Fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bungo | 11/24/2013

    " More literary than my usual reads but a very welcome change. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dona Krueger | 11/24/2013

    " I thought the last third of the book was very engrossing. The first two thirds took a bit of slogging to wade through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Riggs | 10/25/2013

    " Good story, but a little slow at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara | 9/6/2013

    " long-winded, although well written - not my typical choice of story, but interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cristina | 4/30/2013

    " Arthur & George follows the lives of two men, "Arthur" being Sir Arthur Conan Doyle the creator of Sherlock Holmes, as they enter a mystery of their own. Very well written! Thanks for the recommendation, Laura! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda DiVincenzo | 4/23/2013

    " This story started out going nowhere, actually picked up speed, and then puttered out. It was an easy read, but it was hard to connect with either character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lianne | 3/28/2013

    " As a fan of Sherlock Holmes, I enjoyed this fictionalized biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his involvement in the case of an Anglo Indian solicitor who is being framed in a bizarre case. Sir Arthur's complex emotions add a good dimension to the story of class and race. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystal | 3/3/2013

    " Maybe there is more to this than a casual read will reveal? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 11/1/2012

    " This book was well-written and provided good insight into Britain during the early 20th century. The parts about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were interesting (who knew he was a big spiritualist, and they held a seance for him after he died?) but the plot was a little slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carin | 10/12/2012

    " Interesting story about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle but a lackluster ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 6/28/2012

    " Engaging historical fiction with very well-developed characters based on real individuals. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Noah | 2/18/2012

    " The dullest, least inspiring 'faction' I've ever had the misfortune to waste time upon. Julien Barnes should be decapitated for inflicting this detritus on the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 9/17/2011

    " Fictional tale of Arthur Conan Doyle and a misjudged lawyer whom he defended, Sherlock-Holmes style. The story was told in alternating viewpoints. Clearly based on factual events. The parts about Doyle were most interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Truusje Harwig | 8/30/2011

    " This book was a wonderful read. I am huge fan of stories where the characters lives are brought together through unusual circumstances. The writing is engaging, vivid and a real "page turner". I couldn't put this one down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean McMahon | 6/19/2011

    " Would have given this 5 stars only for the final 5th or so of the book, which goes on a touch. Great, great 4/5ths though, telling a story of a case that as was ignorant of until Mr Barnes's book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgina | 6/5/2011

    " Compelling, but not enthralling. Well researched, but sometimes the information jarred with the narrative and reminded me of the author's presence. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rosa | 4/27/2011

    " I didn't finish this one--very boring! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika1411 | 4/8/2011

    " I've never heard of George Edalji before, but it was really interesting to read.
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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Johnhancock | 3/19/2011

    " First Julian barnes. Really wanted it to take off but 150 pages in I thought this just feels very one dimensional writing to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 3/18/2011

    " Fun, engaging, informative. A mystery novel! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marissa | 3/10/2011

    " RIV-ET-ING! Now that I know how interesting Arthur Conan Doyle was, I want to read a book by him (which I haven't done since 9th-grade English). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dessie | 3/7/2011

    " It's brilliant. I can't even imagine the kind of research Julian Barnes had to do before writing this masterpiece... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 2/19/2011

    " Would have given this 5 stars only for the final 5th or so of the book, which goes on a touch. Great, great 4/5ths though, telling a story of a case that as was ignorant of until Mr Barnes's book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 2/13/2011

    " Meh. I never really got terribly invested in either of the characters. If you're a big Holmes fan, it's probably better. But I've never read any Conan Doyle, so I think that may have been part of my problem. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 The Reading Cove | 2/11/2011

    " 67th: ARTHUR AND GEORGE by Julian Barnes
    Trivia Winner - Melissa

    ~COVE OPINION: C, Okay story "

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