The British Library have just published a novel entitled The Narrative of John Smith which was written when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was 23 - three years before Sherlock Holmes saw the light of day.
The novel was apparently sent it to a publisher but it was lost in the post and Conan Doyle then had to reconstruct it from memory.
The book is available from the British Library, and you can find more information about it on their website.
It's described as 'a novel of considerable biographical importance' and at £9.95 is well worth having. I'm ordering my copy now...
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