Arthur and George grow up worlds apart in late nineteenth-century Britain: Arthur in shabby-genteel Edinburgh, George in the vicarage of a small Staffordshire village. Arthur becomes a doctor, and then a writer; George a solicitor in Birmingham. Arthur is to become one of the most famous men of his age, George remains in hardworking obscurity. But as the new century begins, they are brought together by a sequence of events that made sensational headlines at the time as ‘The Great Wyrley Outrages’.
With both detailed research and vivid imagination, Julian Barnes brings to life this long-forgotten case, and the inner lives of these two very different men; Arthur Conan Doyle and George Edjali.