Please note – this is a secondhand book and may have marks from former usage, but it is clean and readable.
In November 1887 a book called Beeton’s Christmas Annual was published, containing within its pages a novel by a young doctor who lived in Southsea – the novel was A Study In Scarlet and the author was Arthur Conan Doyle.
A Study In Southsea is a non-fiction account of his Portsmouth years that describes how Conan Doyle came to be living in Southsea, how he started his surgery in Elm Grove, the people he met and some of the adventures he had while living here. It looks at his life as a brilliant networker and self-publicist, an energetic sportsman and a keen member of the life of the growing seaside resort that was spreading ever-eastward away from the dockyard.
Author Geoffrey Stavert was also a resident of Portsmouth and knows Conan Doyle’s haunts well. In the pages of this book, you will visit some of the places where Conan Doyle socialised, practised and wrote – and discover some of the inspirations behind his greatest creation – Sherlock Holmes.