The Sherlock Holmes Miscellany

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Prominent Sherlockians have collected all of the facts, trivia, and quotes that remind readers why Sherlock Holmes is such an important literary creation

Exploring the fascinating and enigmatic world of Sherlock Holmes, this miscellany examines his place in literary history, his popularity, and how he has become the iconic, timeless character who is loved by millions. Along with facts, trivia, and quotes from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary stories and the subsequent film and television adaptations, it also explores the often weird and wonderful characters who graced Conan Doyle's pages, and explains the terms used in the original stories that might cause unnecessary—albeit amusing—confusion to the modern reader. For example, "knocked up" had a considerably different meaning in the 19th century, and if you think a "life preserver" is a flotation device, how does Wilson Kemp fit one into the sleeve of his jacket? And, would you try to warm your hands with a Gasogene? All of these mysteries and more are included in this lighthearted and highly informative miscellany, offering something to both the dedicated Sherlockian and those new to the world of 221b Baker Street.


Roger Johnson and Jean Upton have been members of The Sherlock Holmes Society for many years and have both regularly contributed to its popular journal, which Roger edits. Other Sherlockian publications they have written for include The Baker Street Journal, The Musgrave PapersThe Passengers' Log, and The Ritual. Gyles Brandreth is the author of Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance and Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders.


"Attractive, [and] well-illustrated...This work belongs in the hands of every Sherlockian who has had to explain the lure of Baker Street."  —The Baker Street Journal"Absolutely packed with useful information...While it's most valuable as an introduction for new Holmes fans, even Holmes experts will learn something new."—The Best of Sherlock