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Douglas Kerr was born in Scotland, educated at Cambridge and Warwick universities, and is a Professor of English at the University of Hong Kong, where he has taught since 1979. He is the author of Wilfred Owen's Voices, George Orwell, and Eastern Figures: Orient and Empire in British Writing. He first encountered Arthur Conan Doyle at the age of eleven and has been reading him ever since.
Table of Contents
1. INTRODUCTION Practice Profession 2. SPORT Sport and the nation The straight left A nation of amateurs 3. MEDICINE The statement of the case The consultants In general practice The cold detective 4 SCIENCE The curious adventure in Berlin Monsters and committees Thinking like a scientist 5 LAW AND ORDER Crimes and punishments Edalji's eyes 6 ARMY AND EMPIRE Soldier boys Army Empire 7 SPIRIT Church Spiritualism Fairies The new life