Author is chosen for Holmes book

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A NEW Sherlock Holmes book will be published in the autumn.

Holmes was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who started writing while he was a GP in Southsea.

Now Anthony Horowitz, the author of a series of stories about teenage spy Alex Rider, has been chosen to write a full-length novel starring fiction's most famous detective.

The Conan Doyle Estate, which represents the family of Sir Arthur, chose Horowitz to write the novel which will be published in September.

He said: 'I fell in love with the Sherlock Holmes stories when I was 16 and I've read them many times.

'I couldn't resist this opportunity to write a new adventure for this iconic figure and my aim is to produce a first-rate mystery for a modern audience while remaining absolutely true to the spirit of the original.'

Conan Doyle wrote four novels and 56 short stories about the eccentric master detective.