|Return to the Reichenbach|
The Sherlock Society of London is delighted to announce the publication of Return to the Reichenbach: A Sherlock Holmes Swiss Account Book. This handbook has been produced to mark our 7th pilgrimage to Switzerland in 2012 and features an eclectic mix of articles related to that fateful (and fatal) journey of 1891.
|The Best of the Sherlock Holmes Journal - Volume One|
Volume 2 of the Best of the Sherlock Holmes Journal will be launched at the Society’s Annual General Meeting on 19 May 2011 and pre-orders are now being taken.
A limited number of copies of the first volume are still available. This volume covers the years 1952-1968 and has been one of the Society’s best sellers. There are only a few copies remaining and this could be your last opportunity to buy a copy from the Society. The two volumes “could just fill that gap” on your shelves.
|The Best of the Sherlock Holmes Journal - Volume Two|
The Society is happy to announce the publication of the long-awaited second volume of The Best of 'The Sherlock Holmes Journal', launched at the Society's AGM on 19th May 2011.
|A Golden Day|
On 30 August 1889, two rising British authors dined at the world-famous Langham Hotel in London. They were Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde, brought together by the American publisher and editor J M Stoddart.
By the end of the evening, Stoddart had made two major signings. The results: Conan Doyle brought Sherlock Holmes to the public’s notice for the second time with The Sign of Four and Wilde produced his enduring masterpiece The Picture of Dorian Gray.
The Society produced a celebratory booklet to commemorate the day, Nicholas Utechin writing up the full back story. Gyles Brandreth contributed the Foreword. A Golden Day was published in an edition of 200 and a limited number of copies remain available for purchase by collectors on a first come first serve basis.
|Surrey With a Fringe|
The Society’s 2010 expedition visited the landscapes and buildings associated with two Sherlock Holmes tales: following the tyre tracks of Miss Violet Smith in the area of Farnham in The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist, and investigating the possible sites of The Crooked Man in the military town of Aldershot. Our handbook provides a range of scholarly commentary upon aspects of each tale, with articles ranging from Catherine Cooke on the typography of the Solitary Cyclist to Anna Smyth on the natural history of the mongoose. Highlights include Helen Dorey on the idiosyncratic iconography of the Watts Mausoleum and Jane Arnold Foster on Brooklands and the Raleigh Bicycle Collection. Other content includes Nick Utechin looking back on publication format in The Strand and Collier’s, Oscar Ross on Freeman Wills Crofts, Eva Zenk Iggland on Guildford’s Spike, a little-known survivor of our social history, and Jonathan McCafferty digressing upon the employment of Miss Smith’s father at the Imperial Theatre. Not least amongst the many charms which clamour for the reader’s attention, Dr Auberon Redfearn has contributed a dialogue in dramatic verse on the perils of a canary beset by a mongoose.
This handbook is a debutante publication, for whereas all the Society’s previous handbooks have been published alongside the expedition weekend, this year’s publication follows upon our travels. The delay is deliberate; it allows us to create an especially handsome issue including original photographic material and maps. We have also taken the opportunity to republish, as a convenience to the reader, Cmdr. Geoffrey’s Stavert’s original material on the location of Charlington Hall and Mr Bernard Davies’s work used by the Society in our recent excursion.
On Sunday 20th June, at West Wycombe cricket ground, the Society's cricket team took on the Gold Bats of the P. G. Wodehouse Society in the 10th anniversary match of this famous fixture. During the lunch interval, a commemorative brochure entitled Wycombe Wonders was launched and distributed to players and supporters of both sides. Written by Nick Utechin, with a Foreword by team captain Peter Horrocks, it tells a tale of cricketing adventures, disasters and occasional glories, charting the eight matches played up to 2010 (there was too much rain in 2007), it is a bucolic and not wholly serious additon to the Society's publishing rosta - an item that deserved a wide readership (and you don't need to understand the official cricket rules of 1895 to appreciate the dramas).
It was published under the auspices of Bob Ellis in an edition of 221B unnumbered copies, is beautifully illustrated and the Society has a number available for purchase at £3.00 plus postage.
It could be that if you buy this enticing little booklet, it might impel you to come to West Wycombe next year to enjoy the atmosphere, the sun, the camaraderie and the bottles! If you did, you would see how the Society’s team might improve on what is now a lead in victories over our opponents.
|I proceeded to Portsmouth|
The Handbook includes an article on the Richard Lancelyn Green Collection at Portsmouth Library, and there are other articles on submarines and the Bruce Partington Plans, on spies during and before the First World War, on the Royal Victoria Hospital at Netley (where Dr Watson studied) and on the date of Watson’s return from India on the Orontes.
|Holmes & Watson - A new chronology of their adventures|
There have been a number of chronologies of the Sherlock Holmes
stories over the years, and fortunately no two of them agree in all
particulars. Now Vincent Delay gives us his arguments – with detailed
analysis – for the dating of every one of the 60 stories in the Canon, and
also for the dating of the stories mentioned by Watson, but which he was
unfortunately never able to chronicle.
A collection of essays on aspects of Holmes’ association with the county
of Sussex, most notably the location of Holmes’s retirement cottage and
other landmarks from The Lion’s Mane.
The prime candidate for Birlstone Manor in The Valley of Fear is also
|Lend me your ears|
Produced to accompany the Society’s Summer 2003 excursion to
Liverpool and New Brighton, and concentrating in particular on aspects
of The Cardboard Box.
It also includes details of Basil Rathbone’s associations with Liverpool.
Extensively illustrated with many rarely seen photographs.
|Radical rethinks on horse and hound|
Based on Bernard Davies’s latest theories on the location of Baskerville
Hall and the stables in Silver Blaze, the handbook contains the opinions
and views of fourteen members of the Society on these two fascinating
Available at a specially reduced price.
|Holmes, Chemistry & The Royal Institution|
This book presents a collection of cases which asses the chemical work
of Holmes, along with his relationship with the Royal Institution of Great
New evidence helps to throw light on the famous unchronicled case
involving “the politician, the lighthouse and the trained cormorant”.
|ON SALE To keep the memory Green|
For the first time, the Sherlock Holmes Society of London and the Baker
Street Irregulars have come together in a publishing venture to celebrate
the life of the great Holmesian and Doylean scholar, Richard Lancelyn
Green. The Editors have collected a wide variety of memories of, and
tributes to, Richard from a myriad of friends and admirers.
|ON SALE Meet me in Bohemia|
The latest edition to our library of handbooks. A dozen eminent scholars
prove that Bohemia plays a small but real part throughout the great
Produced in a similar format to the hugely successful Sherlock Holmes in
Switzerland. Seventy two pages - illustrated throughout.
|The Boscombe Valley Mystery|
The weekend was described as ‘a light hearted look at the West’.
Nevertheless the handbook is packed with good scholarship on the
Boscombe Valley mystery and matters related to the West Country.
Also includes an examination of the Musgrave connection.
|Tourist guide to the London of Sherlock Holmes|
Despite its age, this is still a very popular publication, providing a
number of walks through the London of Holmes and Watson.
Reprinted from Volumes 10 and 11 of the Sherlock Holmes Journal.