Close to Holmes – A Look at the Connections Between Historical London, Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
September 21st, 2015 by Aldouspi

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The London of the late nineteenth century was home to both Arthur Conan Doyle and his famous detective - Sherlock Holmes. This book looks at some of the many locations in both central and outer London that have connections to one or both of these famous names. In addition to examining the history this book also looks at some of the theories that have been woven over the years around Holmes and these locations.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: MX Publishing (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904312500
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904312505
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces

Customer Reviews

An Indispensable Traveling Companion

12 people found this helpful.
 on February 8, 2010
By Jaime N. Mahoney
It's been a long time (longer than I'd care to admit in a public forum) since I've walked the streets of London. And when I read Alistair Duncan's second Holmesian outing "Close to Holmes," nothing impressed me more than the overwhelming feeling that I really could have used this book during my life there. I finished the book with the sense that I had missed a lot during my time in London, and that I must get back very soon. My husband and my bank account, alas, disagree, and I'm off-topic.

Excellent easy read.

 on May 4, 2014
By Loghead
Just the right amount of Canonical information and London history with out being over burdening.

Essential Reference

2 people found this helpful.
 on December 20, 2010
By Kieran E. McMullen
"Close to Holmes" by Alistair Duncan is an adjunct to his earlier work "Eliminate the Impossible" which is an excellent reference into the Holmes Canon. Close to Holmes takes the reader through the streets of both Holmes' and Doyle's London. So it's best to take out your London map and follow along. Where was 221 Baker Street? How about the Northumberland Hotel where Henry Baskerville stayed? Or maybe you're curious about all those railroad stations that Holmes and Watson were using to run off on their adventure? Mr. Duncan not only helps the search for these Sherlockian locations, he gives insight into the area and the era.


 on October 16, 2010
By C.N.Robson
First of all i must say i am no sherlockian,just a man who enjoys the Sherlock Holmes books. The great thing about Mr Duncans work is that it can be enjoyed by both the casual fan of Holmes and the most hardcore sherlockian. Close to Holmes is no boring old history of victorian london,far from it,you are taken to places familiar and not so familiar to Holmes fans in an easy and well written style.This book has raised my level of enjoyment in Holmes to new heights.I for one will be reading the stories of Shelock Holmes again, but this time with my copy of Close to Holmes near to hand.

Great Read and Informative

 on January 23, 2013
By Luke Benjamen Kuhns
This is a great book for Holmes fans both casual and passionate! It's a fun and engaging read. And for the mass amount of information that you receive it is a book that is very easy to read! Alistair is a master Sherlockian and this books demonstrate his knowledge and passion for not only Holmes but Conan Doyle and the worlds that these two shared! You will not be disappointed with this read!

Highly recommend to any Sherlock Holmes fans. Great book and pictures were also very good.

 on November 21, 2010
By Timea Pal
The best guide to London I have found as a Sherlock Holmes fan. Lots of locations to visit and great pictures from the late 1890s and modern day.

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