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  Extract from: Close To Holmes -A Look at the Connections Between Historical London, Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The British Museum opened to the public in 1759 having been established six years earlier. At the time the museum was based at Montague House and it remained there until the 1840s when the building was demolished to make room for the present museum. The museum was initially based on the royal library of King George II and the natural history collection of Sir Hans Sloane (1660 – 1753) who bequeathed his collection to the nation. Sloane was a man of many talents...

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An extract from Memoirs from Mrs Hudson's Kitchen;  “The powers of a man’s mind are directly proportioned to the quantity of coffee he drinks,” so said Sir James Mackintosh (1765-1832), a Scottish jurist, politician and historian. This maxim could easily be applied to Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson, since both often preferred coffee over tea throughout the day and into the night. A breakfast pot served hot and strong was mandatory. In Dr. Watson’s account of A Study in Scarlet the first mention of coffee was made. Dr. Watson “rose somewhat earlier than usual” and I was so accustomed to...

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Extract from: Close To Holmes -A Look at the Connections Between Historical London, Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle "Regent Street is one of London’s premier retail streets. It was named after the then Prince Regent (later King George IV) and was designed by John Nash (1752 – 1835). It begins just south of Langham Place, the site of the Langham Hotel and All Souls Church (also designed by Nash). It crosses over Oxford Street and continues south towards Piccadilly where it crosses over Piccadilly Circus finally terminating when it connects to Pall Mall. As the fan of Sherlock Holmes will know it is down this...

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There are three great Kickstarters running featuring Sherlock Holmes stories.  The first is 'Sherlock Holmes and The Perplexed Politician' - the second novel from Margaret Walsh who brought us the dark, serial killer adventure 'The Molly Boy Murders' last year. The second is 'The Redacted Sherlock Holmes Volume VI' with another five short stories weaving Holmes and Watson into world events. The third is Elizabeth Varadan Mysteries and Children's Books - featuring the excellent Irregular Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and a host of other rewards.   As with all Kickstarters, there are some amazing discounts on retail price plus unique...

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Orlando Pearson weaves Sherlock Holmes stories and world events into often controversial mysteries and adventures. With the impending launch of his 'Redacted Sherlock Holmes Volume VI' with five more tales, we interview Orlando and ask him in particular about the revealing of Sherlock Holmes' sister.  Fans can get offers on the entire series as The Redacted Sherlock Holmes is currently on Kickstarter - Redacted Sherlock Holmes Volume VI.  

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Ben Cardall, 'The Deductionist' is the closest to a modern day Sherlock Holmes that you can get. In his latest video he reacts to the TV show 'Lie To Me'. You can learn how to become Sherlock from Ben's book 'The Monographs'.  

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Extract from: Close To Holmes -A Look at the Connections Between Historical London, Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle "The Langham Hotel, which is a walk of a few minutes from Queen Anne Street, can make four immediate claims on the interest of the Sherlock Holmes or Conan Doyle enthusiast. On August 30th 1889 Conan Doyle attended a dinner at the hotel at the invitation of J. M. Stoddart, the editor of Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine. Among the other guests at this dinner was none less than Oscar Wilde. Conan Doyle himself regarded it as a ‘golden evening’ and by...

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With all the museums and art galleries closed due to COVID-19, we tracked down a virtual tour of The Sherlock Holmes Museum on Baker Street. It's one of the locations featured in Alistair Duncan's wonderful tour of London through the eyes of Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - 'Close To Holmes'.  We also have a virtual tour of The Art of Sherlock Holmes. ...and please remember every book bought on this site we will plant a tree as part of our #bookstotrees campaign.  

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The Art of Sherlock Holmes Virtual Gallery is available 24-7 and includes all forty three pieces of art from the first three books - West Palm Beach, USA and Global Editions.  We have a competition running to win three t-shirts - Enter Here. Here's a short intro video about The Virtual Gallery:  

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"Adapted as a graphic novel by the brilliant Czech illustrator Petr Kopl and translated (back) into English by Paul & Jana Simpson. Actually there are two adventures here, the other being ‘The Speckled Band’, and both serve to show Holmes that women can be just as courageous and intelligent as men – much to Watson’s satisfaction. The result is a feast for the eye and the imagination. The vivid, exciting text is enhanced by artwork that’s by turns deeply atmospheric and devastatingly funny – and often beautiful. This is a thoroughly classy production. The original won the 2013 Fabula Rasa Czech Award for the best script, best artwork and best comic book. It’s easy to...

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