Arthur Conan Doyle, who virtually invented the crime writing genre, died 85 years ago today. Before becoming a successful writer of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Doyle studied medicine at Edinburgh University and later ophthalmology in Vienna.
In 1891, he set up a practise as an opthamologist at 2 Wimpole Street, London W1. A green plaque on the building now commemorates his short stay there.
Walking from Wimpole St to the home of Sherlock Holmes in Baker St, takes you past Daunt Books. This bookstore, arranges books by country not category, so everything about Italy for instance, such as travel, history, fiction, architecture and cooking will be in the same section. Inside the beautiful Edwardian building is a long gallery with arched windows.