Sounds like a must read for fans of Arthur Conan Doyle.

A Study of Fandom

9780099492733Julian Barnes, Arthur and George (London: Vintage, 2012) ISBN: 9780099492733. Available at: Amazon and Waterstone’s

Arthur and George is Julian Barnes’ well-researched, dramatised version of the events surrounding George Edalji’s arrest, release and the fight to be pardoned. Julian Barnes has won numerous awards for his writing, including the Man Booker Prize, for which this book was short-listed. His writing style is so easy to read: it is effortlessly gripping, subtle, and beautiful, which work together to take you on a journey from Arthur and George’s childhood to their encounter and beyond.

Barnes deals with some very complex and delicate issues, like race and justice, with nuanced sensitivity. For example, Barnes could easily have interpreted the events as a case of opposites: oriental vs white, good vs evil, conservative vs liberal, etc. but the narrative works over time to make it very clear that this is not a hero and villains story. The…

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