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Free Book Friday: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Homes may have become a cliché but Arthur Conan Doyle's detective remains the father of the modern crime novel.

Adventures_of_sherlock_holmes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his famous detective and illustrated by Sidney Paget. These are the first of the Sherlock Holmes short stories, originally published as single stories in the Strand Magazine from July 1891 to June 1892. The book was published in England on October 14, 1892 by George Newnes Ltd and in a US Edition on October 15 by Harper. The initial combined print run was 14,500 copies. The book was banned in the Soviet Union in 1929 for occultism, although the book shows few to no signs of such material. Later, the embargo was lifted.

I first read this collection of stories as a teenager, but have recently re-discovered their elegant genius whilst re-reading with my 10 year old son. Some of the stories have not worn well, but The Speckled band remains a masterpiece.

  • Click here to download the book or here for the free audio version.
  • Go here to find out more about the collection of stories.
  • This link will tell you more about Doyle.
  • You can download more classic Holmes for free from here


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