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    1. October 16, 2014

      Sherlock Holmes exhibition offers clues to detective’s global appeal

      The first lines ever written about Sherlock Holmes have gone on display in a new exhibition in London celebrating the...

    2. 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,...

    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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),...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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;...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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