Gonzo journalist – the inventor of Gonzo journalism, no less – anti-Nixon political commentator, NRA member, booze and drug advocate, and the man whose corpse got blasted out of a rocket: we all know something about Hunter S. Thompson. Here, then, in honour of one of our favourite free-wheeling, experimental, opinionated and, well, unusual writers, are a few less well known passions, which wonderfully showcase his eccentric genius.
He’s the creator of Double-Speak, the Thought Police and Big Brother, the author of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, numerous non-fiction books and journalism, one-time BBC producer, soldier and socialist. One of the greats, no doubt about it. But like many creative sorts, George Orwell had his idiosyncrasies and lesser know passions. Here’s five you might not know about.
Sherlock Holmes, arguably one of the most famous detectives in literary history, first appeared in print in 1887. The brainchild of Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Holmes is, as we all know, renowned for his incredible use of logic, his flair for disguise and his astute use of forensic science.
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