Five Fascinating Facts about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

155 years ago today, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born! Celebrated by finding out more about the man!

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In honour of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday (he was born on 22 May 1859 – fans of The Smiths may be interested to learn that this was exactly 100 years to the day before Morrissey’s birth), we’re here with five of our favourite fascinating facts about the man who gave us Sherlock Holmes.

1. Conan Doyle took to a bit of sleuthing of his own in an attempt to solve the Jack the Ripper case. In 1894, six years after the notorious Whitechapel murders by the unidentified criminal identified as ‘Jack the Ripper’, Doyle was asked by an American journalist how Sherlock Holmes would have gone about tracking down the Ripper. Doyle replied that Holmes would have started by examining the letter the Ripper had supposedly sent to the police. Whilst acknowledging that the letter could have been a hoax, Doyle nevertheless worked on the basis that it was…

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Food and Detectives in Crime Fiction

Thanks to someone who I follow on Tumblr (I am so sorry! I can’t remember who!),  I’ve just been listening to an episode of the Food Programme from BBC Radio 4 on the BBC’s iPlayer for radio.

The episode is called Feeding the Detective, looking at how food is now playing a large part in modern crime fiction, going right back to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. For any BBC Sherlock fans, the episode features a very short interview with Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss who reveal that the detective develops a hankering for chips in the first episode of the next series!

It is fascinating and certainly opened my eyes (or should that be ears?) to how food can be used to shape characters and stories, not just in crime fiction but all types of fiction.

You can listen to the episode here. Due to this being on the BBC iPlayer, I do not know if it is available outside of the UK and I cannot tell you how long it will stay on so listen to it ASAP if you are able to!