The Friends of the Seaside Library welcome author Christopher Sandford.
He will discuss his new book, “The Man Who Would Be Sherlock.”
When Arthur Conan Doyle was a lonely 7-year old schoolboy at pre-prep Newington Academy in Edinburgh, a French emigre’ named Eugene Chantrelle was engaged there to teach Modern Languages.
A few years later, Chantrelle would be hanged for murder. Thus began Conan Doyle’s own association with some of the most gruesome crimes of the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
This early link between actual crime and the greatest detective story writer of all time is one of many.
Conan Doyle would also go on to play a leading role in the notorious case of the Staffordshire “mad ripper”, as well as the chilling story of Oscar Slater and the Glasgow murders.
Using freshly available evidence and eyewitness testimony, Christopher Sandford follows these links and draws out the association between Conan Doyle’s literary output and factual criminality. This pattern proves to be very interesting to the legion of Sherlock Holmes fans who may not have known of this connection.
In a sense, Conan Doyle wanted to be a man who could bring order and justice to a terrible world.
Christopher Sandford is the author of nineteen books and has written for a variety of publications including the Times of London, The Daily Telegraph, Cosmopolitan, and Rolling Stone. His biographies of Mick Jagger, Kurt Cobain and Sting have been best sellers. Born in London, Sandford splits his time between Seattle and England.
The event will take place in the Community Room and there will be book sales and signings.