Arthur and George (Julian Barnes)

Mr Maxted has given us a synopsis for Julian Barnes’s novel, ‘Arthur and George’  and followed this with his own view:

“This novel is meticulously researched and based on the life and loves of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and his involvement with the accusation of a mixed race Midlands lawyer of animal mutilation, a sequence of events known at the beginning of the Twentieth Century as ‘The Great Wyrley Outrages’. As well as being a gripping detective story, this is a sensitive insight into the personalities of both of the main characters, and an important social commentary on the prevalence of racism in Edwardian England. It also reveals much about Conan Doyle’s fascination with Spiritualism and its impact upon his second marriage.

 Having previously read Barnes’, ‘A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters’, an altogether lighter novel but also with semi-fictional elements, ‘Arthur and George’ adopts a more introspective and philosophical tone and is widely acclaimed as his best novel yet.”

Have you read this book?  If so, please let us know what you think…


Author: Berkhamsted School Library

Main aims for Berkhamsted School Library • to provide a central resource for the whole school curriculum • to encourage an ethos of enquiry and discovery • to assist pupils in becoming confident and independent learners • to develop research and information skills throughout the school • to offer resources which enrich cultural values and experiences for pupils, as well as have a role in their recreational life and promote reading for pleasure as a lifelong activity

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