London: Jonathan Cape, 2005. SIGNED FIRST EDITION. Octavo (24 x 16cm), pp.; 360; . Signature of Julian Barnes to the title page. In publisher's olive cloth decorated in black and titled in white to spine and upper. With the original printed paper band to rear board, issued in place of a dust-wrapper. A fine, as new copy. Set at the turn of the 20th century, it follows two actual historical figures: the rather obscure George Edalji, a half-Indian solicitor wrongfully accused of ruthlessly slaying a number of farm animals, and the well-known Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Upon the death of his first wife, Doyle finds himself unable to find pleasure in either life or the mistress he's kept for quite some time. When he stumbles upon the case of Mr. Edalji, he decides for the first time to enter into the real world of detective work. Basis for the acclaimed ITV drama starring Martin Clunes as Conan Doyle. Item #49147
Book Collector No.287 (p14-29) 'The Booker Prize', Booker shortlisted title.
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