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Cut and pasted from the British Library Website:
Dangerous Work: Diary of an Arctic Adventure
British Library to publish Arthur Conan Doyle’s previously unseen Arctic diary
The British Library have announced that Conan Doyle's Whaling Diary will be published on 26 September 2012.
The British Library is to publish the never before seen diary written by Arthur Conan Doyle in 1880 during his voyage as ship’s surgeon on the Arctic whaler the Hope, which has been hidden from public view for over a century. This dramatic and vivid account of Conan Doyle’s dangerous and bloody Arctic adventure at age 20 gives us new insight into the development of the young author who went on to create Sherlock Holmes. He tested himself, overcame the hardships, and, as he wrote later, ‘came of age at 80 degrees latitude’.
Dangerous Work comprises a full colour facsimile of this remarkable diary, showing Conan Doyle’s clear handwriting and pen-and-ink sketches of life on the Arctic sea, as well as a complete and annotated transcript of the diary and several non-fiction and fiction pieces based on the experience. The book also includes photos of the Hope, the young Arthur Conan Doyle on deck, and the ship’s captain and crew.
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Philip Hoare spoke about the book at the Sherlock Holmes Society of London's March 2012 meeting. You can read my write-up of that event here: