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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Who was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - the man who introduced the world to detective Sherlock Holmes? And what was he really like?

A life of adventure from behind the desk.

Arthur Doyle’s troubled family life later became an inspiration for his work. As a child, his family was quite well off, but his father squandered the family fortune. Arthur’s mother tried to shelter him from the pain by telling him stories. In a biography about him, Arthur says, “In my early childhood, as far as I can remember anything at all, the vivid stories she told me stand out so clearly that they obscure the real facts of my life.” Years later, Arthur was sent to a boarding school in England for seven years. He cried all the way there and hated it until the day he graduated. However, it was there that he realised he too enjoyed storytelling. He used to make up stories to amuse the younger students. When he left, he went to medical school.

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The latest issue of Hot English (183 – the August issue) is out now! Learn over 300 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: How to form questions with prepositions! Learn how to make questions with verbs + prepositions by placing the preposition at the end. Plus, 12 useful words for talking about camping, 10 useful words for talking about the city, 12 useful words for meeting and greeting someone, “street” idioms, “clothing” phrasal verbs... plus: • Entertainment – the use of animals! • Quiz – how moody are you? • TV – teen series. • US culture – freaks and geeks. • Grammar – confusing words. • Film scripts – The Wizard of Oz. • Relationships – how to hold a drink. • Festivals – Glastonbury. • Medicine – basic anatomy. • Food – avocado wrap. • Music – Bruce Springsteen. • Language – spelling. • Literature – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. • Sport – cheating in sports. • Slang – learn some useful slang terms! AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 300 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!
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