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Arthur & George

Written by Julian Barnes
Fiction

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (of Sherlock Holmes fame) is the Arthur of our story and George Edalji is the George. This book is based on a true event, "The Great Wyrley Outrages", a series of animal mutilations that took place in Britain in 1903. George Edalji was convicted of one of the crimes and sentenced to 7 years in jail. Conan Doyle came to his defense and got him released from prison, and got the conviction overturned. That is the basis of the story. However, it contains so much more.. we are given insight into Britain and "Britishness", spiritualism, racial prejudice (even when the victim denies that it exists), love and marriage, guilt and innocence, the penal system at the turn of the century, and how our personalities can influence our realities and experiences. A wonderful story that moves well and addresses the issues of what we think, what we believe and what we know.

This book is available from the library in regular print, large print and as an audio book.

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