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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The White Company | Review

Title: The White Company

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Type: Fiction

Page Count: 338

Rating: 3/5

This is some more of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s historic fiction, but unfortunately I didn’t quite find it as gripping as his Brigadier Gerard stories. I liked the accuracy and the research that he’d put in clearly comes across, but the plot itself wasn’t quite as gripping, perhaps because Sir Nigel Loring is less gripping than Gerard was. And both are pretty much standard old school colonialist types fighting for queen and country, which I can’t exactly relate to.

As you might expect from the creator of Sherlock Holmes, the plotting and the pacing was pretty good. Some of the dialogue was questionable because he spent a lot of time trying to imitate dialects etc, but overall it was readable enough. If anything, it was more the setting and the characters that held me back from loving it, although I did appreciate it for what it is.

There’s always something kind of fascinating about reading historical fiction that itself is historical, and I’ve always thought it was kind of cool that as well as writing the Holmes books, Conan Doyle also wrote The Lost World (a cracking read) and some historical fiction. Let’s just not talk about when he started to believe in fairies and stuff.

So this isn’t really something for the general reader, and it’s probably best avoided if you only know of Conan Doyle because of Holmes. If you’re a long-term fan and want to delve deeper into his work though, or if you’re particularly interested in historical fiction, it might be worth checking out.

For my part, I’m glad I read it, but I’m also glad that I read it as a bedtime book and so I didn’t have to spend huge chunks of time with it. I could dip in and out at will, often reading chapters instead of entire stories, so there was plenty there to enjoy – just over time.

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Last Galley | Review

Title: The Last Galley

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 263

Rating: 7/10


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Last Galley

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Last Galley


No shit, Sherlock – this isn’t a Sherlock Holmes book, or even a Professor Challenger book – this is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle showing his spiritual, learned, historical side. This is a book that shows Conan Doyle’s imposing personality.

The Last Galley (and Other Stories) is a collection of eighteen short stories by the great Victorian wordsmith, a fascinating insight in to Conan Doyle’s prolific interests – stories like The Coming of the Huns and The Last of the Legions take you way back in time to the days when the Romans and their historical brethren ruled the earth.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


History certainly left a mark on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his writing – the Romans even earn a passing mention in The Terror of Blue John Gap, the last story in the collection. In that, Conan Doyle tried his hand at horror-writing – it was a sinister story, playing on our innate fear of the darkness and the unknown. Like his tale of prehistoric life surviving unnoticed in The Lost World, the inevitable beast in the Gap is explained scientifically, despite being dreadfully alive.

The Last Galley is a book that’s worth reading, but there are better Arthur Conan Doyle works out there – if you haven’t already, read The Lost World and the Sherlock Holmes series first. Then, and only then, move on to his wider range of work, of which this is as good as any other. Eventually, you’ll want to read it all.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Quote

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Quote


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