Sherlock Holmes : The Man Who Never Lived and Will Never Die, Hardback

Sherlock Holmes : The Man Who Never Lived and Will Never Die Hardback

Edited by Alex Werner, The Museum Of London Group

5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Ever since his creation, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled readers.

Our perception of him and his faithful companion, Dr Watson, has been shaped by a long line of film, TV and theatre adaptations.

This richly illustrated book, compiled by Alex Werner, Head of History Collections at the Museum of London, is an essential guide to the great fictional detective and his world.

Using the museum's unrivalled collections of photographs, paintings and original artefacts, it illuminates the capital city that inspired the Sherlock Holmes stories, in particular its fogs, Hansom cabs, criminal underworld, famous landmarks and streets.

Accompanying the landmark exhibition at the Museum of London, the first since 1951, this book explores how Arthur Conan Doyle's creation of Sherlock Holmes has transcended literature and continues to attract audiences to this day.

Authoritatively written by leading experts, headed by Sir David Cannadine, this thought-provoking companion sheds new light on the famous sleuth and reveals the truth behind the fiction, over 125 years after the first Sherlock Holmes story was written.




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Like many Sherlockians, I own a few companions and scrapbooks on the subject of the great sleuth. So, I can say with some confidence that this is one of the better ones. However, this is perhaps understating the matter greatly. Because, in my opinion it would take something rather exceptional to best this book; but, as I have not seen them all this is as much as I can say without undermining your confidence in this review.Such high praise is probably fitting when you consider that this book was produced to accompany the Museum of London's Sherlock Holmes exhibition.The book is packed with over 200 full colour and vintage black and white photographs, illustrations and maps. There is also a facsimile of the original 8 page article from Strand magazine published 1892 'A Day With Conan Doyle'.This book is a treasure trove for all Sherlocked individuals!