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Mrs Hudson's Diaries: A View from the Landing at 221B Hardcover – 11 Oct 2012

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The Robson Press; 1st edition (11 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849543909
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849543903
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.5 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 460,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

BARRY CRYER is one of Britain s best-loved comedy writers and performers. BOB CRYER is an actor and a writer.


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Something of a missed opportunity this. A thin little work padded out with occasionally amusing footnotes and irreverent period photographs this purports to be the diary of Sherlock Holmes’ landlady. Plodding more than stimulating the style and content are sentimental and only occasionally funny. The glimpses of her tenant “Mr H” are rarely amusing and never insightful and this is a missed opportunity for a below stairs look at the famous detective. The bar for Sherlockian fiction is higher than it used to be and the Cryers do not cut the mustard. Barry Crier is a natural collaborator, at his best up against a similarly sparky and articulate partner like Grahame Garden in the hilarious “You’ll Have Had Your Tea” but son Bob disappoints. Rarely for me I couldn’t I finish this one.
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Do not mistake this for a review by a dedicated reader of many books, so take it as you will. This is the first book I have completed cover to cover since I read 'Of Mice and Men' at school a few years ago. I enjoy the idea of reading but am prone to waiting for a film or TV adaptation of any book I've given a thought to look through.

I bought this book after many recommendations from friends, and the prospect of a long stop over at Madrid Airport... It did not disappoint. I can highly recommend it as a good read for a long journey. Having not read the Sherlock Holmes stories (now on my Christmas list). I was worried I would be left in the dark for large parts of the book. This was not the case as this book is well structured with necessary details being added around many comical occurrences and much merry entertainment.

I have in the past found books a bit of a chore, but this book had a great flow and was a pleasure to read. In no time I had read through and grown fond of charming characters such as Hannah Brayley and even Arthur Hudson, Mrs Hudson's late husband. I look forward to trying out a few of Mrs Hudson's recipes which appear in the book, as do photographs and background information which give a great insight as to what life may have been like in Baker Street and the surrounding London area at that time. I believe this book is a fine addition to any person's collection, whether you are a big Sherlock Holmes fan or a very light reader such as myself. This very well presented hardback book looks great on my book shelf, I hope to add to my collection soon with books that are able to tick as many boxes for me as Mrs Hudson's Diaries has.

I certainly will be continuing the positive reviews of this book and I wait in excitement to see more from the father / son Cryer partnership, whether it be a continuation from the book or perhaps a television adaptation? Fingers and toes crossed for more!
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes...as viewed from across the landing! I love Barry Cryer (in fact, I first heard about this book at one of his magnificent one-man shows - well, two if you include Colin Sell) and I used to live just off Baker Street, a stone's throw from where the Sherlock Holmes Museum now stands. Obviously this tome was a must - and it doesn't disappoint. The real fun is in the pompous cod-Victorian research. A gem!
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Back in 2001 the Guest of Honour at the Annual Dinner of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London was the brilliant writer and comedian Barry Cryer, who proved to be a real devotee of the great detective. He's proved it again with "Mrs Hudson's Diaries: A View from the Landing at 221B", written with his son, actor and writer Bob Cryer. Given Cryer senior's record, you might expect a farcical pun-fest, but that's not what this nice little book is about. (And it's not one of those that have Mrs H as the true Baker Street detective, either.) There's plenty of humour here, but it arises partly from the contrast between Mrs H's sometimes uncomprehending but always down-to-earth reports and our knowledge of events as recorded by Dr Watson, and partly from the self-important annotations by one `Oliver Philpott' - who may be related to Charles Pooter. Sarah Hudson herself is not a comic character: she's a real and very likable personality, whose life extends beyond the pages of the Canon into the world outside. Her story is sensational only in passing and it's told with charm and affection.
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This was a birthday present, and I can only say that I am tremendously glad I didn't spend £12.99 acquiring it. 180 pages in large-ish print, with some pointless old photos (with inane 'explanatory' captions which are presumably supposed to be terribly funny) and blank pages and images purporting to be reproductions of calling cards taking up quite a few of those 180. At least this means that reading it doesn't waste more than an hour or perhaps two of your time. The premise sounded like a good idea, but the realisation is abysmal. Deeply unfunny 'comic' footnotes, glancing references to the Holmes stories, and, for me at least, a total failure to conjure up anything like a convincing character-even a comic one. If you are thinking of reading this, try to borrow it from the library, or, at worst, get a really cheap second hand copy- I would imagine there will be quite a lot turning up in charity shops in the near future.
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a funny and inventive book from writers who really know there Sherlock Holmes
and yes it is that Barry Cryer!
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