SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE (1859–1930) was born of Irish parentage in Scotland. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, but initial poverty as a young practitioner led him into authorship. His first book introduced that prototype of the modern detective in fiction, Sherlock Holmes. He also wrote historical romances and two essays into pseudoscientific fantasy, The Lost World (1912) and The Poison Belt (1913). He served as a physician in the South African war (1899-1902), and his pamphlet, The War in South Africa (1902), correcting enemy propaganda and justifying Britain's action, earned him a knighthood in 1902.
Robert Whitfield, winner of numerous Earphones Awards, was born in England. He worked for ten years as a radio news announcer for the BBC and as a narrator for the Royal National Institute for the Blind in London. In addition to narrating for Blackstone Audio, he is involved in numerous stage-acting projects in the United States and Europe.