John Bennett Shaw
“And now comes a man who thinks like, looks like, talks like and is as close to the real Conan Doyle as possible. He is Mark McPherson.”
I have to admit, even though I’m a mostly life-long Sherlockian – I didn’t know better during my first ten years – I hadn’t heard of Mark McPherson. And yet, he seems to have led one of those larger-than-life lives that one only reads about in books. He had written an autobiographical account several years ago, but it was difficult to obtain. Now, by way of a handsome new MX Publishing edition of a book previously quite difficult to obtain, the larger public can get to know about the life of this unique man.
McPherson has taken his interests in various legends and made the extra step to involve himself personally in their examination and investigation. The Loch Ness Monster. The Egyptian Pyramids. Houdini and King Arthur. Famous crimes – Jack the Ripper and the Yorkshire Ripper. Atlantis and séances and who really wrote Shakespeare’s plays – he’s looked into all of it, and his tale is recounted in this massive volume. And all along the way he’s been a Sherlockian of the first order.
This book shows that the people living “Big Lives” weren’t all long ago. Mark McPherson has been living a big life amongst us right now.
"Mark F. McPherson’s An Irregular Life: Being the Adventures and Memoirs of a Fortunate Sherlockian (London: MX Publishing, 2022; 539 pp., $39.99) is the second (and greatly expanded) edition of his memoirs, and it’s a great read, offering a chance to share his travels and quests (for Camelot, Atlantis, Jack the Ripper, James Bond, Emma Peel, and the Loch Ness Monster, among others); his meetings with interesting Sherlockians (including his mentor Bill Rabe) and non-Sherlockians; and his performances in his one-man show “An Evening with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle”. Memoirs, it should be noted, are much more fun than autobiographies."
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