I am recommending both the blog (I think it is excellent) and also Alistair Duncan's new book "An Entirely New Country: Arthur Conan Doyle, Undershaw and the Resurrection of Sherlock Holmes", which includes a foreword by Mark Gatiss.
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Cut and pasted from Amazon:
The late 1890s saw Arthur Conan Doyle return to England after several years abroad. His new house, named Undershaw, represented a fresh start but it was also the beginning of a dramatic decade that saw him fall in love, stand for parliament, fight injustice and be awarded a knighthood. However, for his many admirers, the most important event of that decade was the resurrection of Sherlock Holmes - the character that he felt had cast a shadow over his life.
You can buy the book here:
Alistair Duncan's excellent Sherlockian blog is here:
Taken from Mark Gatiss's foreword:
"This charming book stands not only as a testament to a crucial and hugely productive period in the life of one of our greatest storytellers but as a proud call to arms for his house's preservation. After all, if Sherlock Holmes could so happily return from the dead, surely Undershaw can too?"
Which leads me nicely on to the Undershaw Alliance. David Rose, based in Paris in France, created and co-ordinates the Undershaw Alliance, which is made up of Academics for Undershaw and Crime Writers for Undershaw. The Undershaw Alliance is now 500 strong and growing by the day.
The mission statement of the Undershaw Alliance is to save Undershaw for the Nation, by relaunching it as the Conan Doyle Museum and Centre for British and Irish Crime Writing, thus affirming its cultural value, and Conan Doyle's place in the literary heritage of Great Britain and Ireland, and beyond. The goal of the Undershaw Alliance is for Undershaw to comprise a Museum dedicated to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a gift shop, a library, conference facilities, crime writing courses and a writer in residence. Undershaw would be open and accessible to the public all year round.
I will soon be running a story on the Undershaw Alliance which will say how you can pledge your support and join the campaign to save Undershaw for the Nation, so that it is open and accessible to the general public all year round. Stay tuned!
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