Did you know that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle…

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

…believed in ghosts and fairies? In fact, he was a member of Spiritualism or “Psychic religion”, and wrote extensively about it at the end of his life. He also traveled to America, Australia, Africa and Europe to talk about the occult. It was his psychic crusade.

Other fun facts about the author:

  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had a major role in making skiing a popular sport.
  • He was friends with the magician Harry Houdini, but they had a falling out about Spiritualism and never spoke again.
  • The author based the Sherlock Homes character on his mentor and university professor, Dr. Joseph Bell.
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a physician by trade, but he started writing when he was still attending medical school.
  • At the University of Edinburgh, he met future writers James Barrie and Robert Louis Stevenson.
  • The author was bullied in school when he was a child.

Written by Cecile

Cécile Sune was born in Lyon, France, and her obsession with books started when she was 14. Her grandparents had lent her Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, and she spent part of the summer indoors reading. Needless to say, her tan didn't really improve that year! It was also around that time that Cécile fell in love with the English language. Several years later, in 1999, Cécile moved to Toronto, Canada, with her cat and 5 suitcases. Her love of reading greatly increased when she discovered that English books were much cheaper than French novels. In 2013, she decided to start a blog to share her passion. Cécile now lives in Ottawa, Canada, with her husband and their daughter, and works as a freelance translator (CS Revision).


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