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    I just stumbled across this article on the Herald Scotland: ‘Conan Doyle letter reveals how he believed he could speak to the dead

    I am currently reading ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’, so the article jumped out at me for more reasons than one…

    “An exhibition about the First World War sheds new light on author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s faith in spiritualism and his belief he could speak to the dead.

    Enduring War, which opens tomorrow at the British Library, London, includes a letter from the Sherlock Holmes author to his mother about his son, who was fighting on the Western Front.

    In it, the Edinburgh-born writer says: “I do not fear death for the boy for since I became a convinced spiritualist death became rather an unnecessary thing, but I fear pain and mutilation very greatly.” Read more here

    So, could Arthur really speak to the dead? Maybe he could, or maybe not… this might be a case for Sherlock…

    The article has, however, highlighted a very important exhibition, this year being the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

    Enduring War, a major part of the Library’s contribution to the First World War Centenary, examines how people coped with life during the war: from moments of patriotic fervour to periods of anxious inactivity, shock and despair.

    The exhibition opens today at the British Library – http://www.bl.uk/whatson/exhibitions/enduring-war/ so if you’re in London it’ll be well worth a visit



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