5 things you didn't know about Sherlock Holmes


5 things you didn't know about Sherlock Holmes

Everybody knows about Sherlock Holmes, the unique literary character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who has remained popular over the decades and is more appreciated than ever today. But what made this fictional character, dreamed up by a small-town English doctor back in the 1880s, into such a great success? The Life and Death of Sherlock Holmes is the fascinating and exciting tale of the man and people who created the Holmes legend. 

1. You wouldn’t catch Sherlock Holmes in a deerstalker around London.

Such wildly inappropriate headwear would be sported only by fools and recently arrived Americans.

2. Conan Doyle found his inspiration for Sherlock Holmes in a man named Joseph Bell.

A professor with the ability to diagnose patients after only the most cursory of observations.

3. The author had imagined Mr Holmes as rather less attractive but his illustrator decided otherwise.

In his mind’s eye, the author had seen Holmes … with an even more pronounced hook to his nose, his eyes more closely set.

4. Moriarty’s character was invented to lure Sherlock Holmes to his end once Conan Doyle had decided to kill off his detective.

He would need to be as intelligent as Holmes, the kind of chess player capable of planning countless moves ahead… This could not lead to anything other than a life-and-death struggle.

5. After Sherlock Holmes’ death in ‘The Final Problem’ was published in the Strand Magazine in 1893, twenty thousand cancelled their subscriptions.

One woman who wrote to Conan Doyle began her letter with “You Brute!” Many readers were brought to tears.

The Life and Death of Sherlock Holmes is out now in hardback and ebook