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  1. December 16, 2013

    The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, Playwrights Horizons, New York – review

    Sex with a robot? If this original new off-Broadway play by Madeleine George does not explicitly illustrate such a coupling,...

  2. December 14, 2012

    How to dress a fictional hero

    Charles Darwin thought evolution was a steady, relentless process. His fellow biologist Stephen Jay Gould, however, proved...

  1. November 16, 2012

    Postcard from ... Klosters

    If you’ve skied, you will almost certainly have heard of Klosters. It’s a small, chocolate-box pretty Swiss village...

  2. July 6, 2012

    Think outside the brain box

    In the early 19th century, there arose a new science of the brain, which for a few decades seemed likely to solve some of...

  3. April 5, 2012

    Judging a book by its cover

    “Modern first editions” is a recognised book collectors’ genre, but any investor looking to assess the performance of these...

  4. March 5, 2012

    Warner Bros looks for spell to replace Harry Potter

    Sherlock Holmes has been the subject of many a TV or film adaptation, from Basil Rathbone’s 1940s films, to the recent BBC...

  5. January 6, 2012

    Value in Victorians and Morse mythology

    The wheel turns,” said Benedict Cumberbatch towards the end of the New Year’s day edition of Sherlock (BBC1 Sundays),...

  6. December 15, 2011

    Film releases: December 16

    Dreams of a Life is more like a nightmare really: this year’s nightmare before Christmas. The word “life”, too, might go...

  7. November 5, 2011

    Small talk: Anthony Horowitz

    Anthony Horowitz, 55, has published more than 50 books and written for television, film and the theatre. His books include...

  8. September 23, 2011

    The Baskerville Legacy

    The other mystery of The Hound of the Baskervilles is who exactly wrote it. Arthur Conan Doyle credited the book’s inception...

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    August 2, 2011

    Venezuela: beautiful but worth the hassle?

    The world’s tallest waterfall tumbles from one of the spectacular table-top mountains in southern Venezuela that inspired...

  10. July 29, 2011

    Economy Watch: Beauty contest for ugly times

    Here is a tip of the hat to the Silver Blaze, the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story that featured the guard dog that did not bark...

  11. September 17, 2010

    Give Martin Lukes five years to re-emerge

    From Mr Martin Nicholson. Sir, In 1893 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle killed Sherlock Holmes by having him thrown off the...

  12. August 14, 2010

    From perfect pairings to diabolic double acts

    There are classic pairings, matches made in heaven, where two is much, much better than one. Holmes and Watson, for example;...

  13. June 5, 2010

    Peter Pan’s First XI

    Peter Pan’s First XI: The Extraordinary Story of JM Barrie’s Cricket Team by Kevin Telfer Sceptre, RRP£16.99, 352 pages JM...

  14. March 31, 2010

    Arthur and George

    Arthur and George was originally a Man Booker-nominated novel by Julian Barnes; now, after radical surgery by playwright...

  15. March 30, 2010

    Arthur and George, Birmingham Repertory Theatre

    Adrian Lukis as Arthur Arthur and George was originally a Man Booker-nominated novel by Julian Barnes; now, after radical...

  16. September 19, 2009

    Pioneers in pursuit of perky pectorals

    From Mr David Waller. Sir, Jerry Morris was not “The man who invented exercise” (as he is credited on the front cover of FT...

  17. August 3, 2009

    The Rainbow Orchid

    The Rainbow Orchid By Garen Ewing Egmont £6.99, 48 pages FT Bookshop price: £5.59 Illustrator, designer and comics...

  18. January 10, 2009

    Writing an amorous conversion

    In a world where hardline Unionists and Sinn Féin can share the government of Northern Ireland, no alliance should come as...

  19. January 9, 2009

    Rugby’s amorous conversion

    In a world where hardline Unionists and Sinn Féin can share the government of Northern Ireland, no alliance should come as a...

  20. September 27, 2008

    Darker deductions

    The Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle by Russell Miller Harvill Secker £20, 480 pages FT Bookshop price: £16 Arthur Conan...

  21. August 23, 2008

    Virtual pinboards, keyword searches and iPod playlists

    Distinct from those programs offering skeleton plots to tyro novelists is a second group of productsworking on the premise...

  22. August 9, 2008

    Detectives and defectives

    The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux Translated by Margaret Jull Costa Dedalus European Classics 236 pages £8.99...

  23. July 26, 2008

    The Pitfalls Of Photoshop

    Pity the Iranians. Less than a century ago, two teenage girls briefly managed to persuade the world (or Arthur Conan Doyle...

  24. July 26, 2008

    The eternal games

    The Olympic Miscellany By John White Prion £9.99,160 pages FT Bookshop price: £7.99 The Austerity Olympics: When the Games...

  25. May 31, 2008

    'My uncle has 42 children'

    Iwas speeding up a winding tributary of the Orinoco river through an unforgiving tropical rainstorm, wincing with...

  26. March 22, 2008

    Gyles Brandreth on 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes'

    In 1958, on my 10th birthday, I was given a hoola-hoop, a Pelham puppet of a television character called Mr Turnip and a...

  27. March 8, 2008

    The age of seance

    Servants of the Supernatural: The Night Side of the Victorian Mind By Antonio Melechi William Heinemann £20, 276 pages FT...

  28. February 2, 2008

    Paperbacks: Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders

    Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders by Gyles Brandreth John Murray £7.99 FT bookshop price: £6.39 Oscar Wilde and the...

  29. February 2, 2008

    Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders

    Oscar Wilde and the Candlelight Murders By Gyles Brandreth John Murray £7.99 FT bookshop price: £6.39 Oscar Wilde and the...

  30. October 6, 2007

    Far from Holmes

    Non-Fiction He created the most supremely logical hero in literature, yet his letters show us a Conan Doyle who really did...

  31. October 6, 2007

    Arthur Conan Doyle

    Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters Edited by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower and Charles Foley Harper Press £25, 710...

  32. August 24, 2007

    Venezuela's new jet set take off on back of oil-fuelled boom

    From a wealth of picture-postcard Caribbean beaches to the magnificent table-top mountains that inspired Sir Arthur Conan...

  33. July 20, 2007

    Harry Potter and the inescapable call of the mid-life crisis

    So Harry Potter is dead. Hold your ire. Don’t panic. I have no idea, at the time of writing, whether J.K. Rowling’s young...

  34. June 16, 2007

    Fiction adds its flourish to deaths in the world of sport

    From the very start it seemed likely that Bob Woolmer was not murdered, and this week the Jamaican police finally admitted...

  35. June 15, 2007

    Death defies our favourite scripts

    From the very start, it seemed likely that Bob Woolmer was not murdered, and this week the Jamaican police finally admitted...

  36. June 9, 2007

    Five literary doctors

    François Rabelais (c1494-1553) Best known for his satires Pantagruel and Gargantua, Rabelais practised as a doctor for most...

  37. October 20, 2006

    Travelling coach class

    In 1925, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – a pioneering skier – wrote in the guest book at the Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta: “A New...

  38. September 9, 2006

    SEA DRENCHED WRITERS

    Generations of writers have been drawn to Norfolk's isolation, its sky-smothered, sea-drenched bleakness, a landscape of...

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