Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a complex man. Of course, he will always be best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, of whom he famously said, “He keeps me from better things.” Doyle considered works such as Sir Nigel and The White Company to be much better and far more significant, though posterity does not share that view.
No Better Place: Arthur Conan Doyle, Windlesham and Communication With the Other Side (1907-1930) is the final entry in Alistair Duncan’s trilogy looking at the author. The initial entry in the series was The Norwood Author: Arthur Conan Doyle and the Norwood Years (1891-1894), which was followed by An Entirely New Country: Arthur Conan Doyle, Undershaw and the Resurrection of Sherlock Holmes (1897-1907). In case you’re wondering, there’s a very brief section at the beginning of the second book, explaining the missing years. I’ll just say that Doyle and family were “homeless.”