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On the Trail of Sherlock Holmes (Hardback)

P&S History Social History

By Stephen Browning
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 160
Illustrations: 32 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526779014
Published: 28th February 2022

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‘There can be no question, Mr Dear Watson, of the value of exercise before breakfast’

Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure of Black Peter

You may have been introduced to the magic of the greatest of English detectives by reading the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or perhaps watching some of the hundreds of films or TV shows that feature the extraordinary adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr John H. Watson - now, this unique book offers a detailed itinerary for actually ‘walking’ Sherlock Holmes. Beginning, of course, at Baker Street a series of walks takes in the well-known, as well as some of the more obscure, locations of London as travelled by Holmes and Watson and a gallery of unforgettable characters in the stories. Details of each location and the story in which it features are given along with other items of interest - associated literary and historical information, social history, and events in Conan Doyle’s life. A chapter then explores Holmes’ adventures in the rest of the UK. 55 black and white original photographs accompany the text.

This book is designed to appeal to anyone who wishes to gain a deeper understanding of the stories by travelling, even if just in imagination from an armchair, exactly the same London streets as Sherlock Holmes, and perhaps also by exploring some iconic Holmesian locations farther afield. ‘Come, Watson, come!’ Holmes says in The Adventure of the Abbey Grange. ‘The game is afoot. Not a word! Into your clothes and come!’

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book begins with a short biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The second largest segment of the text is dedicated to a series of walking tours of London as well as other famous locations scattered throughout the UK. Walking tours include general trivia, duration, landscape features, historical points of interest, connections to various stories from the Sherlock Holmes canon, and much more. This is a great read for any fan of Sherlock Holmes looking to visit London and elsewhere in the UK.

NetGalley, Katherine Wehrle

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The Bookseller

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A fantastic read! Beginning, of course, at Baker Street a series of walks takes in the well-known, as well as some of the more obscure, locations of London as travelled by Holmes and Watson and a gallery of unforgettable characters in the stories. Details of each location and the story in which it features are given along with other items of interest - associated literary and historical information, social history, and events in Conan Doyle’s life.

NetGalley, Michelle Coates
 Stephen Browning

About Stephen Browning

Stephen Browning has written a series of books with Norfolk themes, the latest of which, Visitors’ Historic Britain: Norwich and Norfolk: Stone Age to the Great War is published by Pen and Sword, February 2020. He has also written The World of Charles Dickens. In Asia he has written several books aimed at helping young professionals with their English skills, two of which have won top awards in Taiwan.


For more information about Stephen’s books please see www.stephenbrowningbooks.co.uk or www.facebook.com/stevebrowningbooks

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