On Conan Doyle

Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Michael Dirda has subtitled this book “The Whole Art of Storytelling,” with good reason. Starting from Arthur Conan Doyle’s life and work — which included, in addition to the Sherlock Holmes stories, wonderful works of historical fiction and adventure — Dirda weaves a memoir of boyhood, a peek into the world of the “Baker Street Irregulars,” and a meditation on the power of fiction. The game’s afoot!