Arthur & George by Julian Barnes

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As boys, George, the son of a Midlands vicar, and Arthur, living in shabby genteel Edinburgh, find themselves in a vast and complex world at the heart of the British Empire. Years later—one struggling with his identity in a world hostile to his ancestry, the other creating the world’s most famous detective while in love with a woman who is not his wife–their fates become inextricably connected.

In Arthur & George, Julian Barnes explores the grand tapestry of late-Victorian Britain to create his most intriguing and engrossing novel yet.


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About Julian Barnes

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Julian Barnes's honors include the Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2004 he was named Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. He lives in London. www.julianbarnes.com
 
Published January 10, 2006 by Vintage. 400 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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Arthur is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, physician, sportsman, gentleman par excellence and the inventor of Sherlock Holmes; George is George Edalji, also a real, if less well-known person, whose path cro

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The New York Times

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This extraordinary novel about a real-life mystery hints at other mysteries even the great Holmes couldn't solve.

Jan 15 2006 | Read Full Review of Arthur & George

The New York Times

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Julian Barnes's novel is based on the true story of Arthur Conan Doyle's efforts to restore the reputation of a man convicted of mutilating farm animals.

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BC Books

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It's impossible to write a review of Julian Barnes' intriguing novel Arthur &...A novel that exposes the gap between what we believe and what we can prove, and the sometimes-distant relationship either of those things has with the truth.

Jan 25 2007 | Read Full Review of Arthur & George

BC Books

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In this compelling, lovingly crafted novel, Julian Barnes offers up a scintillating soufflé of fact ...Julian Barnes' latest novel is a deft merger of fact, fiction, and Sherlock Holmes.

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AV Club

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In 1906, famed mystery writer Arthur Conan Doyle took up the cause of George Edalji, a half-Indian lawyer who'd been falsely accused and convicted of sneaking into his neighbors' fields and mutilating their cattle.

Jan 25 2006 | Read Full Review of Arthur & George

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In fact there are some references in the novel which must count as mistakes: Julian Barnes makes George's mother Scottish, for example, but in fact she was English and when she wrote to the Home Secretary about George’s case she glowed with pride about her English origins.

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