Capsule book review: ‘Dangerous Work: Diary of an Arctic Adventure’ by Arthur Conan Doyle
In 1880, Arthur Conan Doyle took a six-month leave from medical school to work as a ship’s surgeon on an Arctic whaling expedition. The trip fueled his ambitions as a writer and he called on his memories in creating the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Now Doyle’s shipboard journal has been published in a facsimile edition. “Dangerous Work: Diary of an Arctic Adventure” not only reproduces the actual journal pages, complete with Doyle’s illustrations, but it also offers an annotated transcript.