As ever, Barnes serves up a master-class in character observation, lavishing attention on the minutiae of personality, the subtle and conflicting impulses that drive men and women. Barnes seems equipped to write with humour and elegance about anything he turns his attention to.
A fine literary detective novel and a rich evocation of a somewhat troubled England on the cusp of modernity.
Mail on Sunday
A beguiling and enormously readable novel.
Clearly a wonderful book...Barnes's best yet.
An engaging work... Arthur and George is as sprightly and acute a biography of Doyle, and as touching a sketch of the persecuted Edjali, as anyone would wish for.
An impressive feat of empathy and organisation.
From the first paragraphs we know ourselves to be in the hands of a major novelist and are borne forward by a compelling narrative, beautifully controlled, which combines the satisfactions of biography, social history and the excitement and ratiocination of a real-life detective story. This novel is Barnes at his best.