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The Oxford Anthology of English Poetry: Volume I: Spenser to Crabbe
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Jules Verne
Lord Jim
Joseph Conrad
Aesop's Fables
Laura Gibbs, Aesop
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
Yosemite and the High Sierra
Ansel Adams, John Szarkowski, Andrea G. Stillman
Stephen Baxter
The Official Highway Code
Department for Transport, Driving Standards Agency
The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within
Stephen Fry
The Nation's Favourite: Poems
Griff Rhys Jones
A Study in Scarlet -  Arthur Conan Doyle After I read The Lost World, I was eager for more brilliance from Conan Doyle. And I loved this short novel. I knew of Sherlock Holmes through "reputation", as one of the most celebrated characters in British fiction, and there seemed to me to be a certain exclusiveness to the "I have read Sherlock Holmes" society, that I wanted to find out more about and possibly be part of. Conan Doyle has that writing style and flair that makes him immediately seem a great friend to the reader, someone who you can trust to entertain and educate. There are a few memorable quotes and lines, and some real insights into the mind and human behaviour.

The abrupt change of scene and story half way through, in my opinion, is delightful for the way it introduces one to a vastly different strand of life, existing simultaneously but thousands of miles away, yet still weaves the two together. The pseudo-historical feel to the Mormon tale adds to the piquancy. I wonder if the author was the first to pull off a trick like this, now commonplace in novels and films?