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Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography - Nick Rennison
Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography
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He has been called a genius and a fraud, a hero and an addict. He advised kings in their glittering palaces, then disappeared into the darkest alleys of London’s criminal underworld. He was (and remains) a global icon, but he could pass his most ardent fan on the street without a flicker of... show more
He has been called a genius and a fraud, a hero and an addict. He advised kings in their glittering palaces, then disappeared into the darkest alleys of London’s criminal underworld. He was (and remains) a global icon, but he could pass his most ardent fan on the street without a flicker of recognition. Who was this Sherlock Holmes?
With an attention to detail that would make his subject envious, Nick Rennison gathers the clues of a life lived among the stars of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, from Oscar Wilde to Sigmund Freud, and uncovers startling, previously unknown information. How did a Cambridge dropout and bit player on the London stage transform himself into a renowned consulting detective? Did he know the identity of Jack the Ripper? When did Holmes and his nemesis, Professor Moriarty, first cross paths? To where did Holmes disappear after his presumed death in 1891?

Sherlock Holmes answers these questions and many more as it careens through the most infamous crimes and historic events of the era, all in pursuit of the real man behind the greatest detective in modern fiction - and, just perhaps, nonfiction.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781843542759 (1843542757)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
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notyourmonkey
notyourmonkey rated it
3.0 Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography
The most delightful thing about this book is the sheer glee the author seems to be taking in rolling around in his Holmesy geekery. That enthusiasm is enough to pull me through the slightly dull bits when he's recapping history just because he can, only loosely tied to the story he's crafted for Hol...
mayhap
mayhap rated it
A credible contemporary contribution to the canon of Holmesian scholarship.
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