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The Ardlamont Mystery: The Real-Life Story Behind the Creation of Sherlock Holmes

The Ardlamont Mystery: The Real-Life Story Behind the Creation of Sherlock Holmes (Hardback)

By Smith, Daniel

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The true story of the men - Joseph Bell and Henry Littlejohn - who inspired the creation of Sherlock Holmes.

ISBN 9781782438458
Barcode 9781782438458
Published 18 April 2019 by Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781782438458
ISBN-10 1782438459
Stock Available
Status Pre-order title, release date has been delayed
Publisher Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
Imprint Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
Publication Date 18 April 2019
International Publication Date 1 May 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Smith, Daniel
Category True Crime
Criminal Investigation & Detection
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Murder - History - 19th century - Scotland - Argyllshire, Trials Murder - History - 19th century - Scotland - Edinburgh
NBS Text True Crime
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 364.092
Catalogue Code 925586

Description of this Book

The true story of the men - Joseph Bell and Henry Littlejohn - who inspired the creation of Sherlock Holmes. The Ardlamont murder trial, which took place in Edinburgh's High Court in December 1893 was the culmination of one of the most intriguing criminal cases in British legal history. But perhaps more remarkable than that was that it brought together the two principal real-life inspirations behind the creation of the world's favourite fictional consulting detective: Sherlock Holmes. Joseph Bell and Henry Littlejohn were Professors of Medicine at Edinburgh University. As educators, medical trailblazers and social reformers, the two friends were pioneers in the emerging world of forensic science (and both were called as expert witnesses at the Ardlamont murder trial), but under their tutelage was a young student named Arthur Conan Doyle. He served as an assistant to Bell, where he was able to scrutinize at first-hand Bell's remarkable deductive powers. In fact, Conan Doyle went on to say of Bell: 'It is most certainly to you that I owe Sherlock Holmes .' This intriguing book details the story of the trial and the parts played by Bell and Littlejohn as they opened the door to a pivotal period in the development of criminal investigation and forensic science, as well as providing an insight into the genesis of one of our greatest cultural icons.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Sheer delight. A Victorian murder mystery to rival the best of Conan Doyle. --Classic Crime critic, Daily Mail The fictional Sherlock Holmes was born in a world of Victorian crime and mysteries. The sensational Ardlamont murder trial in 1893 was one of those inspirations... Daniel Smith does a wonderful job [of] recreating the trial in all its twists and complexities, a case worthy of Sherlock himself. --Paul French, winner of the Edgar and Dagger awards for true crime writing and author of City of Devils: A Shanghai Noir and Midnight in Peking Fascinating and expertly written: a true murder story that brings the real background of Sherlock Holmes and his creator strikingly to life. --Andrew Lycett, author, Conan Doyle: The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes Daniel Smith's book provides an enthralling real-life murder mystery that also sheds new light on the creation of fiction's most famous detective. --Daily Mail
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Daniel Smith is a non-fiction author and editor who has written across a range of subjects, including politics, economics and social history. He is the author of the 'How to Think Like ...' series for Michael O'Mara Books, which has been published in 20 languages and sold over 413,000 copies worldwide. He is also a long-time contributor to The Statesman's Yearbook , the geo-political guide to the world that celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013. He lives in London.

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