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The Sherlock Holmes Companion: An Elementary Guide

Daniel Smith

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ISBN 10: 1845134583 / ISBN 13: 9781845134587
Published by Aurum Press, 2009
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: The Sherlock Holmes Companion: An Elementary...

Publisher: Aurum Press

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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Aurum’s Agatha Christie Companion of 2005 was a sales success in both hardback and paperback, on both sides of the Atlantic. Now we follow up with a beautiful and lavishly illustrated book on one of the greatest and most enduringly popular literary characters of all time: Sherlock Holmes.

Illustrated throughout with more than 150 pictures – half in full colour – ranging from period engravings and book jackets to modern-day location shots and film stills from TV adaptations, this is a compendious guide to all the stories, their author and the enigmatic pipe-smoking creation at their heart.

Daniel Smith’s witty and informed text provides plot summaries of every single Sherlock Holmes story, potted biographies of Holmes, Moriarty, Watson and of course Conan Doyle, and interviews with many original interviews with the actors who’ve played Holmes over the years.

This is a book aimed at both the Holmes aficionado and at the gift market – comprehensive without being nerdy, and nostalgic while also rigorously critical and not afraid to rank the better Holmes stories against the lesser.

Daniel Smith is a book publisher and author who lives in London.


"In this beautifully illustrated volume, Daniel Smith explores Holmes in historical context, and as a timeless figure constantly reinterpreted, investigating Holmes and his craft. Offering synopses of his cases, discussing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as author, justice campaigner and fmaily man, he examines the legacy of Holmes and his creator, the enduring appeal of the stories and their interpretation on screen and stage. A delightful, comprehensive and fascinating guide to a phenomenon that continues to enthral readers and audiences the world over, this detailed study is a great tribute to the detective and his world; literature and legend" 

(The Good Book Guide)

'Engaging dip-into book'

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"We wholeheartedly recommend The Sherlock Holmes Companion. It’s a great celebration of part of our cultural heritage. Smith’s prose is lucid, economical and informative, and the book is a treasure trove of details about the world of the famous detective and his human creator. It’s the kind of book likely to persuade you to revisit the literary canon once again, and as each generation finds inspiration from the stories, to remember the richness of the world that Conan Doyle created. It’s one that resonates with readers and audiences worldwide to this day." 

(Daniel Smith Entertainment Focus)

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