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The Sherlock Holmes Miscellany

The Sherlock Holmes Miscellany [Kindle Edition]

Roger Johnson , Jean Upton , Gyles Brandreth
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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"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

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This miscellany will explore the fascinating and enigmatic world of Sherlock Holmes, examining his place in literary history, his popularity, and how he has become the iconic, timeless character who is loved by millions. Containing all of the facts, trivia and quotes that feature in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary stories and the subsequent film and television adaptations, The Sherlock Holmes Miscellany 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; if you think a 'life preserver' is a cork-filled flotation device, how does Wilson Kemp fit one into the sleeve of his jacket? Would you try to warm your hands with a Gasogene? All of these and more are included in this light-hearted and highly informative miscellany, offering something to both the dedicated Sherlockian and those new to the world of 221b Baker Street.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1446 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (29 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,169 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enter into the World of Sherlock Holmes. 24 Jun 2012
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This well published book sits comfortably in the hand, which is just as well, as it will become a constant companion to readers interested in Sherlock Holmes. The foreword by Gyles Brandreth describes the book as `wonderful.....entertaining, engaging and surprising'. I would add informative and motivational. The writing style of these two experts in the field, adopts a friendly manner and encourages (inspires) the reader to find out more. Sources of further information abound in the book (websites, further reading lists or club details).
The book has something to offer everyone, whether that be people new to Sherlock or to long standing fans. The book covers a wide area from Arthur Conan Doyle to the current Steven Moffatt BBC series and the Robert Downey Junior films. I recommend the book to one and all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baker Street Bargain 2 Aug 2012
This is the best introduction to Sherlock Holmes that I know and it also serves as a valuable work of reference. Written by two experts, presented with wit and published as an attractive hardback at a very modest price - there's no better bargain for the beginner or the regular reader.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Update for your Holmes Knowledge 12 Dec 2012
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I found this book to be enlightening, bringing forward some new and interesting nuggets of Holmes trivia.
On a personal level there was also interesting information on the social conventions of the times in which the vast majority of the Holmes stories are set, leading me to a better understanding of some of the themes that Conan-Doyle was attempting to get across to his reader at the time of writing his stories.

What stands this book out from some of the others on the subject is that the book has been compiled and presented in a form that is easily accessable, whether you plan to digest it in one sitting or like myself bite sized chunks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unputdownable book !! 9 Dec 2012
I am a visitor to London and knowing my love for Sherlock Holmes, my son gifted me this book. I cannot thank him enough for it SINCE It has opened my eyes to so many new facets of knowing AND APPRECIATING Sherlock Holmes. The authors have also been generous in their praise of so many other books on this subject as also provided me valuable web links Do not waste your time reading this review, use it to ORDER THE BOOK TODAY ON EXPRESS DELIVERY!!
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