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Fallen Holmes & black armbands


I noted with some interest a letter (written by Peter Calamai) in the back of the current Baker Street Journal in regards to the notion that members of the public wore black armbands in their mourning for Sherlock Holmes in 1893.
  

Three words...three hints

In the spirit of Sherlock I thought I'd put together a three word list to indicate the subjects of my next three articles. The order of publication may vary from this though. I should clarify that these will be articles in Sherlockian journals (fingers crossed) rather than on this blog.

The words are:

Fan Snake Daffodil



For more information on Arthur Conan Doyle and his time at Undershaw please refer to my book, An Entirely New Country which is available through all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Classic Specialities, and in all electronic formats including iTunes, Kobo, Nook and Kindle .

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Waterstones UK, Amazon UK,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, iBooks for the iPad/iPhone, Kobo Books, Nook.

Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Eliminate the Impossible is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

221B Con via @BakerStBabes



A feel of the recent 221BCon courtesy of the Baker Street Babes.

For more information on Arthur Conan Doyle and his time at Undershaw please refer to my book, An Entirely New Country which is available through all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Classic Specialities, and in all electronic formats including iTunes, Kobo, Nook and Kindle .

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Waterstones UK, Amazon UK,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, iBooks for the iPad/iPhone, Kobo Books, Nook.

Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Eliminate the Impossible is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Review - Benedict Cumberbatch, In Transition: An Unauthorised Performance Biography by Lynnette Porter


Please note that this review is based on a preview copy of the book and aspects of it may have changed by the time it becomes available.

Release date: June 10th 2013

I was recently supplied with a preview copy of the “Performance biography” of Benedict Cumberbatch and asked for my thoughts on it. The problem is that it is a difficult thing for me to review.

Last night's SHSL Council Meeting


Last night saw the Council meeting of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London. This is arguably the most important one of the year as it is the one that comes immediately before the AGM and hence before membership of the Council ends for some members.

Scribbling away...

I have begun work on a new article. I don't know where, if anywhere, it'll end up but I'll worry about that later. It will be based on The Hound of the Baskervilles.



For more information on Arthur Conan Doyle and his time at Undershaw please refer to my book, An Entirely New Country which is available through all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Classic Specialities, and in all electronic formats including iTunes, Kobo, Nook and Kindle .

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Waterstones UK, Amazon UK,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, iBooks for the iPad/iPhone, Kobo Books, Nook.

Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Eliminate the Impossible is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Evil plans are afoot - SHSL Council Meeting

Thursday will see me and my fellow Council members congregate for the latest Sherlock Holmes Society of London Council meeting. These are held roughly once a quarter. This one is especially important as it is the last before the AGM in about two weeks time.

Here is an image from the last Council meeting*.


I'm on the left*
*kidding


For more information on Arthur Conan Doyle and his time at Undershaw please refer to my book, An Entirely New Country which is available through all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Classic Specialities, and in all electronic formats including iTunes, Kobo, Nook and Kindle .

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Waterstones UK, Amazon UK,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, iBooks for the iPad/iPhone, Kobo Books, Nook.

Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Eliminate the Impossible is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Another Tennison Road Update

The Croydon Advertiser have put up more details about the potential future of 12 Tennison Road on their website.

http://www.thisiscroydontoday.co.uk/Sherlock-Holmes-author-Arthur-Conan-Doyle-s-home/story-18685773-detail/story.html#axzz2QW2vAtOc


However what really got me about the article was the statement that:
The imposing property in Tennison Road, South Norwood, was lived in by the Sherlock Holmes author between 1891 and 1894, with residents cherishing his connection with the area.
I'm sorry but I have to take issue with that. Prior to my books Close to Holmes and The Norwood Author there was precious little detail out there about Conan Doyle in South Norwood and nothing that overtly shouted the connection. So to claim the link is cherished by residents is dubious. In fact I suspect that most local residents were (are) ignorant of the connection and if they know it at all they know it through recent press coverage. In South Norwood, prior to 2009, the only physical nods to the Conan Doyle connection were:


  1. Conan Doyle's name on a mosaic tucked under a railway bridge
  2. A road called Doyle Road
  3. A housing block called, if memory serves, Baskerville Court
  4. A special needs school called The Priory School
Of these, numbers 2 and 4 are inferred connections as there is no proof. They could be coincidence.

Aside from the house itself that was pretty much it. Even now, when you exit the station, you see a sign marking the fact that inventor William Stanley lived in South Norwood but nothing about Conan Doyle. The local Wetherspoons pub has a display but only after I lobbied them to erect one. If I hadn't I strongly doubt anyone else would have bothered.

All I can say is grrrrrr.



For more information on Arthur Conan Doyle and his time at Undershaw please refer to my book, An Entirely New Country which is available through all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Classic Specialities, and in all electronic formats including iTunes, Kobo, Nook and Kindle .

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Waterstones UK, Amazon UK,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, iBooks for the iPad/iPhone, Kobo Books, Nook.

Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Eliminate the Impossible is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

12 Tennison Road - Update

I am informed by Sarah May of the Croydon Advertiser that an application has been made to Croydon Council to turn 12 Tennison Road into a HMO or House in Multiple Occupation.


Definition here http://www.croydon.gov.uk/housing/privatehousing/hmo/

12 Tennison Road in 2013
Presumably this is essentially what it was before when it served as a hostel. However the term HMO covers a range of scenarios which are detailed in the above link.

In any event the chances of it being restored in any way, shape or form look slim.

More news as I get it.



For more information on Arthur Conan Doyle and his time at Undershaw please refer to my book, An Entirely New Country which is available through all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Classic Specialities, and in all electronic formats including iTunes, Kobo, Nook and Kindle .

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Waterstones UK, Amazon UK,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, iBooks for the iPad/iPhone, Kobo Books, Nook.

Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Eliminate the Impossible is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

The Pastiche Problem


I thought it about time that I put down exactly what I think is wrong with a lot of Sherlock Holmes pastiche stories that come out. I’m referring to those which are Victorian set rather than more contemporary efforts.

Villains - Don't look back

When it comes to the BBC Sherlock series I have read a lot of stuff on the internet where people express the hope that Moriarty and, especially, Irene Adler will return to the series. This is something I simply don’t understand.
 
The wedding of Irene Adler to Godfrey Norton as witnessed by the disguised  Holmes

The disguised Irene Adler greeting Holmes

Yes they were significant characters (as they were in the original stories) but if you keep bringing them back you dilute them. Irene Adler holds such a place in the canon precisely because she outwitted Sherlock Holmes in one adventure. However if Conan Doyle had kept bringing her back he either would have had to have her lose or keep beating Holmes. If he had her lose it would have diluted her impact and if she kept winning it would have damaged the reputation of Holmes and an overwhelmingly successful Holmes was vital to Conan Doyle’s bank balance.

The same thing applies to the series. In order to keep the threat credible you have to have new opponents and not keep resurrecting old ones. If you need proof just look at Doctor Who. Look at any of the regular villains. The Daleks and the Cyberman are classic examples. Whenever they reappear we are not remotely concerned. We know that the Doctor has repeatedly beaten them year in year out for fifty years and that’s not going to change. The slight exception to this was the Doctor’s own Moriarty – the Master – and that was precisely because he appeared considerably less than the others (at least that is my recollection).

So by all means appreciate good and strong characters but don’t keep looking back. Look forward to new opponents and new challenges for the Great Detective.


For more information on Arthur Conan Doyle and his time at Undershaw please refer to my book, An Entirely New Country which is available through all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Classic Specialities, and in all electronic formats including iTunes, Kobo, Nook and Kindle .

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Waterstones UK, Amazon UK,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, iBooks for the iPad/iPhone, Kobo Books, Nook.

Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Eliminate the Impossible is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Book review duties for the SHSL

The Sherlock Holmes Society of London has asked me to read and review Mastermind for the Summer Sherlock Holmes Journal. I'll be honest and say it is not a book I had on my list to buy as it feels a little too much like some kind of positive thinking book that I'd put onto the "self-help" shelf.


If you get the journal keep an eye out for my review in due course.


For more information on Arthur Conan Doyle and his time at Undershaw please refer to my book, An Entirely New Country which is available through all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Classic Specialities, and in all electronic formats including iTunes, Kobo, Nook and Kindle .

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Waterstones UK, Amazon UK,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, iBooks for the iPad/iPhone, Kobo Books, Nook.

Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Eliminate the Impossible is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.