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A Sherlock Holmes Handbook Hardcover – 25 Jul 1993

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  • Hardcover: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Pierre Publishers (25 July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0889242461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889242463
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,211,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here, in one convenient book, is everything needed for the enjoyment of the Holmes canon.

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Format: Hardcover
Whilst there is no denying this is a great piece of Holmesian research and help, the fact that Christopher Redmond insists on peppering the book with references to his own works but not as references in a bibliography but as "an excellent guide to this subject is .... by Christopher Redmond." His self-promotion begins to grate after a bit, and his attitudes towards those who 'Play the Game' or choose an alternative view of Holmes (apparently 'pornographers') can make this a hard book to read at times. If he had stayed object with his handbook then this would have been a great read. It's still an excellent resource though, but not without it's flaws.
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"A Sherlock Holmes Handbook" by Christopher Redmond really is something special. In 250 pages, without apparent strain, Chris Redmond covers the whole Holmes phenomenon with a light but authoritative touch. The Canon, the author, the background, the literary and social impact - it's all here.

This is such an important book that it's worth noting the few errors: "A Case of Identity" has indeed been adapted for radio at least twice by the BBC (p.13); the landlady who promised green peas at 7.30 was not Mrs Hudson but the proprietress of an inn (p.43); as far as I know a portion of the MS of "The Crooked Man" is not on deposit at Marylebone Library, though "The Lion's Mane" is (p.54); Dame Jean Conan Doyle's Christian names are Jean Lena Annette, not Lena Jean, and according to Dame Jean her parents' surname was Conan Doyle, not Doyle (p.72); the "amateur reasoner" did not solve the cases of "The Lost Special" and "The Man With the Watches" (p.82); Ellery Queen's novel A Study in Terror was based on the film, not vice versa (p.168); the Gielgud radio series was produced by Harry Alan Towers and not by the BBC (p.170); Jonathan Newth played Colonel Walter in Granada's Bruce-Partington Plans, not Geoffrey Bayldon, who was Sidney Johnson (p.176); Wayne & Francine Swift's presentation at Autumn in Baker Street 1987 surely covered this Society's Swiss Pilgrimage of that year rather than Sherry Rose-Bond and Scott Bond's trip (p.202); this Society has visited Switzerland in costume in 1968, 1978, 1987, 1988 and 1991 (pp. 202 & 206); John Doubleday's statue of Holmes in Meiringen, unveiled in 1988, was either the first or the second in the world (p.211).

That is an astonishingly tiny number of errors in such a densely-packed text. Proofreading and presentation generally are first-rate, and I thoroughly recommend the book.

Roger Johnson BSI, Editor: "The District Messenger"
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