On the Trail of Sherlock Holmes (ePub)
‘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 starsNetGalley, Ruth Giles
Armchair Or Otherwise…
Aficionados of Holmes will delight in this beautifully presented book which, apart from outlining the tales and the history of the tales themselves, proceeds to provide a walking tour of Holmes through London - beginning, of course, at Baker Street. With a wholly engaging narrative and a set of photographs for illustration, travel from armchair or otherwise, the Sherlock Holmes trail.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Brenda Carleton
Sherlock Holmes is one of the most beloved fictional characters in the world. His creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, formerly Dr. Arthur Doyle, penned fifty six short stories and four novels and led an adventurous life. In the first half of this fabulous book the author describes Doyle's inspiration for his characters and his personal life including his career as a doctor, spiritualism and family. He goes on to recommend eight walks within London including/starting at Baker Street. Brilliant. The walks include information on length, how much time to expect them to take (including inevitable stops), ease of the walk, loads of relevant information as well as history of the time. Not only that but the last portion includes sites of interest outside London as well as a list of actors who have played Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. To me Jeremy Brett is the only Sherlock Holmes!
I wonder how Doyle would feel about the film and movie depictions over the years since his death. His descriptions of Holmes do not include the deerstalker cap, for example. As a rabid Sherlock Holmes fan it was such fun to read about his stints at sea and literary acquaintances such as Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker. I enjoyed the spa and jumper stories and The Hiatus repercussions for the public at the time. Sherlock Holmes was...and is...practically real! There are references to the likes of the wondrous Wilkie Collins, Dorothy Sayers, Thackeray and Dickens, too.
Sherlock Holmes fans in particular would enjoy this book, especially those who wish to read about and see places associated with him. If in London again I would love to embark on several of the walks and observe the Holmesian buildings, parks, statues and streets written about in this book. I like the inclusion of photos as well.
My sincere thank you to Pen & Sword and NetGalley for the privilege of reading this wonderful book!
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Sucharita Biswas
Sherlock Holmes is everyone's favorite character. On The Trail Of Sherlock Holmes by Stephen Browning takes us on an amazing journey, where you can find yourself on the streets of London. The author has penned down minute details of the places and people involved in Sherlock's cases. For me, the book rather came as a surprise as I was expecting a storyline. Instead, it became far more interesting for me as I loved the information, as I am an avid fan of Sherlock Holmes. Reading it was a new experience for me.
Definitely, I would love to give the book 5 stars for its creativeness.
This is a must read for Sherlock fans. The beginning is a biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, it was incredibly interesting, it went into not only Conan Doyle but also the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes. There was so much I wasn’t aware of about the creator of Sherlock. The second half of the book goes into the places from the Sherlock stories, details about the locations and their significance to both the stories and the Conan Doyle.NetGalley, Aisling Ching
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Lisa Hamer
Excellent read and a must for all Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle fans alike. Insights into the author and characters at every turn, read it all in one sitting as couldn’t put it down.
This was a quick and easy read, and definitely one for the fans of the great detective and his surrounds.NetGalley, Melisende d'Outremer
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Richard Lewis
Fascinating! This really is a gem of a book, far more detailed than I had anticipated—a veritable encyclopaedia of all things Holmes-related.
It is both an indispensable travel guide and essential addition to the bookshelf of new readers and lifelong Sherlockians alike.
I gained some fascinating new insights, and it cast fresh light on many of my long-held assumptions.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Hazel Thomson
WOW, what a fantastic book. I loved from the minute I picked it up. It has been professionally written and the amount of research that has gone into it was fantastic.
I really enjoyed reading the walks the Author has recommended and all the other information on them other than about Holmes was interesting.
Definitely a book that will increase your knowledge about Sherlock and Conan Doyle. I am buying a hard copy for my son once it is released.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Amber Machado
Since listening to the Sherlock Holmes radio show with my grandfather growing up I have loved everything related to Sherlock Holmes.
This is an absolute must for any Sherlock Holmes fan, this book starts with a biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I loved the fact that he and Bram Stroker knew each other, that was something I did not know. I also loved how the author explained where the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes came from. That was superb!
Then, the second half of the book was really admirable by someone who has not been to London. The author does very detailed information about the different locations in the Sherlock Holmes books and their significance to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This was an amazing book and I enjoyed reading it! The author does a very exceptional job explaining the history, social history, and everything between! I definitely recommend this to any Sherlock Fan or a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's writing as well!
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Katherine Wehrle
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.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Michelle Coates
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.