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From Holmes to Sherlock

Fiction: Mystery
Unabridged   17 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/01/2017

Washington Post Notable Book

From Holmes to Sherlock

The Story of the Men and Women Who Created an Icon

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681686219
Digital Download ISBN:9781681686226


Everyone knows Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created a unique literary character who has remained popular for over a century and is appreciated more than ever today. But what made this fictional character, dreamed up by a small-town English doctor in the 1880s, into such a lasting success, despite the author's own attempt to escape his invention?

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In From Holmes to Sherlock, Mattias Boström recreates the full story behind the legendary detective and his many incarnations—a real-life narrative of success, tragedy, and family secrets that has never previously been told in its entirety. The beginning is classic: a young Arthur Conan Doyle sitting in a Scottish lecture hall taking notes on his medical professor Dr. Joseph Bell's powers of observation. More than a decade later, Conan Doyle's short stories became a runaway success in the popular monthly Strand Magazine. A parallel Holmes soon evolved with a whole industry of plays, parody, and pastiche, and Boström skillfully follows the men and women who have perpetuated and recast the Sherlockian myth—including the actors who became famous for their personifications of Holmes; Conan Doyle's sons, who desperately wanted to make big business of the detective; the Georgian princess who ended up entangled in the Conan Doyle legacy; and finally the pair of modern-day fans who brainstormed the idea behind the TV sensation Sherlock. Written in novelistic prose, Boström's account is a singular celebration of the most famous detective in the world—a must-read for newcomers and experts alike.


“He [Grindell] reads crisply and with enthusiasm, making the many details easy to follow.”—Booklist

"The canon of critical and biographical material on Holmes and Doyle is massive, of course, but even so, this latest entry makes a significant contribution to our understanding of how a bloodhound called Sherlock took over the world." —Booklist Starred Review

“Boström has succeeded masterfully in doing something no one has hitherto dared try: telling the whole Sherlock Holmes ‘story’ from its Victorian nascence to its massive 21st century omnipresence. It is an extraordinary tale, and Boström delivers it in a way that helps newcomers learn and established Sherlockians learn even more.” —Nicholas Utechin, editor of The Sherlock Holmes Journal, 1976-2006

“Superb! I am deeply in awe of Mr Boström’s comprehensive research, his meticulous selection and his enticing presentation . . . Mattias Boström is one of a select group of really important Holmesian/Doylean scholars.” —Roger Johnson, editor of The Sherlock Holmes Journal, coauthor of The Sherlock Holmes Miscellany

Author Bio

Mattias Boström is a Swedish author, publisher, and Sherlock Holmes expert. He is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars and has been an active Sherlockian for thirty years, publishing articles and editing books and booklets on the subject. The Swedish edition of From Holmes to Sherlock won the nonfiction award from the Swedish Crime Writers' Academy and was shortlisted for the prize for Best Swedish Nonfiction Book of the Year. He lives outside Stockholm with his wife and two daughters.