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From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men and Women Who Created an Icon

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  419 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Everyone knows Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created a unique literary character who has remained popular for over a century and is appreciated more than ever today. But what made this fictional character, dreamed up by a small-town English doctor in the 1880s, into such a lasting success, despite the author’s own attempt to escape his invention?

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Hardcover, 597 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Mysterious Press (first published August 21st 2013)
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Charles Prepolec
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So you’ve read all the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. You’ve enjoyed the vintage art of Sidney Paget and Frederic Dorr Steele that helped shape the image of Sherlock Holmes. You’ve watched Basil Rathbone in 14 films and maybe heard some of the radio plays written and produced by Edith Meiser. You’ve watched all the television episodes featuring Ronald Howard, Douglas Wilmer, Peter Cushing, Jeremy Brett, Benedict Cumberbatch or Jonny Lee Miller. You were astounded when the long th ...more
Sandra (LadyGrey Reads)
2016 Book Awards
(more information about these awards on my blog)

The perfect book for any person interested in Sherlock Holmes and/or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

I first got into Sherlock Holmes through fanfiction. Not written fanfiction about Sherlock Holmes; I was researching fanfiction for a small uni paper and Sherlock Holmes came up. When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle decided to *spoilers* kill his detective, the public went crazy and came up with all sorts of theories and ideas as to how he could hav
Firstly this book is really good. The author has done a splendid job on it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It starts with a trainride. The book starts with telling the story about how 2 men( Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss) came up with the idea about how to bring Sherlock into modern times. Ok so this book is a biography about both Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes. It takes us from Sherlocks beginnings and towards the awesome tvseries Sherlock. It is a really interesting read if you're a ...more
Jill Hutchinson
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
The game is afoot and we are taken into the lives of Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes in this chock full of information guide to their lives (Sherlock Holmes was real, wasn't he?). And what a joy it is.

The author has done some fine research on the beginnings of the Homes saga through the latest iteration of the character through television. The beginning of the book covers the life of Conan Doyle and how he decided to give up his medical practice and become an author. Little did he know that he w
Sometimes I will be reading reviews and see a 1 or 2-star rating on a book that has won an award and I'll wonder how the reviewer could possibly give a low rating to an award winning book. How could he swim against the tide that way? A team of judges had decided that the book was in some way superior to other books of its type so how could this reviewer have formed any other opinion? Now I know.

The first thing I noticed was that this book is lacking a table of contents. Whose idea was it to des
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller
In diesem Buch wird die komplette Geschichte Sherlock Holmes reflektiert. Es fängt an mit der Schaffung des Detektivs durch Conan Doyle bis hin zur aktuellen Serie Sherlock von der BBC.
Es wird also das komplette Spektrum von Sherlock beleuchtet und es geht also nicht nur um den Kanon sowie die 4 Romane.
Das Buch hat mir sehr gut gefallen, da ich wirklich viel erfahren habe, was ich noch nicht über Sherlock Holmes wusste. Selbst die Informationen über die Conan Doyle Nachfahren und wie sie versuch
kartik narayanan
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Sherlock Holmes is the most popular fictional character of all time.

What is the book about?
“From Holmes to Sherlock” is written by Mattias Bostrom, a Holmesian (or a Sherlockian) and is translated by Michael Gallagher.

“From Holmes to Sherlock” is a book that reveals the story behind the character ‘Sherlock Holmes’ – the inspiration, the creation and the evolution over the last 130 years or so. We get to hear the stories of the people involv
Bonnye Reed
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GNab I received a free electronic copy of this work from Netgalley, Mattias Bostrom, and Grove Atlantic - Mysterious Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me.

This history of the evolution of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson from conception in the late nineteenth century through the films and television serials of the twenty-first is extraordinary. At times it seemed extremely long, but I can't imagine anything that could be cut without harming the
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, history, nonfiction
I confess I'm not a great fan of Sherlock Holmes. I do appreciate Conan Doyle's stories and novels, but the movie versions and re-imaginings leave me pretty cold. Thus, I particularly enjoyed the first third which charts Doyle's career with Holmes--including his fruitless attempt to kill him off. It made me appreciate the man and his character far more than I had. The middle 1/2 I could have done without. All the movie versions, the various pastiches, etc. etc. etc. As I said, not a fan of the m ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bostrom and Gallagher's From Holmes to Sherlock (Mysterious Press 2017) is a thorough and detailed account of the life and adventures of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his iconic detective, Sherlock Holmes. In fact, at 608 pages, it is one of the longest biographies not about scientists or historic figures I've ever read. Besides being a fascinating account of Doyle's creation of the character many swore was alive, it is also a fascinating exploration of publishing and a writers life in the late 180 ...more
Even though Sherlock Holmes was a fictional character, he has taken on a life of his own that has only become larger since his creation by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In this meticulously researched book, the reader becomes acquainted with Doyle, his genius and his foibles. The author explains how Doyle felt about Holmes, why he killed him off and why he resurrected him. We learn about Doyle’s family and his descendants. Also discussed are the many pastiches and other works about Holmes along with t ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Das Lesen dieses Buchs hat mir wirklich viel Freude bereitet. Nachdem ich meine Oberstufenschüler zu Sherlockianern bekehren konnte, war es wunderbar noch mehr über den genialen Detektiv zu erfahren.
Das Buch hat ein paar Längen, sodass ich eine Weile gebraucht habe es zu lesen. Aber ich habe noch einige Anregungen gefunden mich weiter mit Sherlock zu beschäftigen, was ich absolut tun werde :)
Aug 27, 2017 added it
Tried my damnedest, but gave up around the half-way mark. The subject matter is very interesting to me, but I can't stand this kind of non-fiction writing that presents long-ago events the writer was not privy to as if it were a novel. I don't like that kind of thing at its best, but when it's written as it is here, where these passages are rarely anything more significant than someone arriving at a dinner party or looking at a landscape, it is nothing more than a distraction from the actual con ...more
Robert Greenberger
A fascinating history

I am a fan of Holmes and a student of history so this book, a gift from my wife, was perfect. Bostrom does a marvelous job tracing Arthur Conan Doyle's life and Holmes career then taking us on a roller coaster ride as Holmes' popularity rose and fell across the years. That his children thoroughly mismanaged the estate and squandered hundreds of thousands of dollars has as much to do with thr times than basic incompetence. Aftrr all, Holmes was one of the first international
Tim Johnson
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Whack-A-Mole, Swedish Style

A long time ago, when I tried to learn a little bit about Swedish culture and history—including the language—a Swedish word, lagom, popped into view. It is a complex word with a rich history that might be used to portray the essence of Swedish society. Lagom is a leveling term, weighted with senses of sufficiency, appropriateness, or “just enough.” In other words, lagom comes into play if society views you as better than the rest, an expert, or highly accomplished. No
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Es handelt sich bei "Von Mr. Holmes zu Sherlock" um einen spannend erzählten Roman über die Entstehung von Sherlock Holmes und seinen Weg zu dem Medienstar der er heute ist. Dies beginnt 1878 mit Arthur Conan Doyles Inspiration für die Figur des Sherlock Holmes und führt bis ins Jahr 2015, in dem der Roman endet. Auf den 550 Seiten über diese 137 Jahre taucht man als Leser tief in das Phänomen "Sh
Jess Clayton
Interesting historical account of how the Sherlock Holmes series has fascinated the world since its inception. I enjoy reading the backstory of major literary works and ideas. This book is so thorough yet stays engaging enough to keep the reader's attention. This is the type of stuff that people wouldn't know because it isn't common knowledge. For instance, I wasn't aware that Conan Doyle created the character of Sherlock Holmes based on a teacher he had while in medical school. He would listen ...more
Dorothy Weigand
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I swear I read more than just books related to Sherlock Holmes this month. I swear it! I just had a really good run for the first week and a half of July. So this is a much more in depth version of Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Great Detective by Charlotte Montague. If you want a quick read, go for Montague. If you want a longer, more detailed read, go for Boström. I loved it. I've been a fan of Sherlock Holmes since discovering the BBC series and then the plethora of things available on Netf ...more
Damaris Tonner
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Sherlock Holmes is one of the most well-known literary figures of modern literature. He is one of those characters that needs no explanation, and whose shadow and legacy goes before him instead of behind.

I am a big fan of the BBC Sherlock series, as well as the original books themselves, so I was excited to read this exploration of Holmes, Conan Doyle and Sherlockmania in general. The book starts with a biography of Conan Doyle himself, then moves into an account of the continuing publication an
Andreas Bengtsson
A marvellously written book about the creation of Sherlock Holmes, how he outgrew his authors control and became an early icon for modern day pop culture. It could have easily been a very dry non fiction account, butBoströms literary prose gives life to the events and the men and women who through different medias helped shaping our perception of the consulting detective.

A must read for anyone with even the remotest interest in pop culture and how ourcollectuve imagination helps shaping beyond t
Patricia Tully
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This is an interesting book for devout Sherlock Holmes fans who want to learn the entire history of that famous detective. Boström's book details an impressive scope of information with engaging prose. Personally, I felt that the last third of the book dragged on a bit. Overall, it was worth the read.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dense, imaginative, meticulously researched, with 40-plus pages of Sources and a bibliography nearly as long. Occasionally meandering but never dull; an excellent read for anyone intrigued by the persistence of Sherlock Holmes.
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating look at Doyle's life, the creation of Holmes, the squabbles among his ne'r do-well sons for copyright, money and folly that they created in their greed and foolishness.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, audiobook
Started strong, bogged down by detail
Bethany Swafford
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From the time Sherlock Holmes was created, the world has been fascinated. Over one hundred later, the public still can't get enough of the great detective.

This book starts from the moment Arthur Conan Doyle conceived the idea of a story about an unusual and observant detective, and then follows those who had an influence in bringing Sherlock Holmes through the ages.

At times, it seems like the telling drags a little with too much information about the lives of those who had a hand in crafting an
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it
'From Holmes to Sherlock' was an interesting read, combining biography of the characters and Conan Doyle himself. It dragged slightly in places and was occasionally difficult to follow the narrative as it flitted from subject to subject. Even so, the book is a comprehensive account of Sherlock Holmes and his fans and I did enjoy reading it.
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Manchmal bedarf es der Neuinterpretation eines Klassikers durch ein Filmprojekt, um eine literarische Figur neu zu beleben und wieder in unseren Fokus zu rücken. So geschehen im Fall „Sherlock Holmes“, der durch die Drehbuchautoren der neuen BBC-Serie Steven Moffat und Mark Gatiss entstaubt und in einen modernen Kontext gebracht wurde. Nicht zu vergessen den Hauptdarsteller Benedict Cumberbatch, der maßgeblich Anteil an dem Erfolg hatte. Dadurch wurde auch das Interesse der Leserschaft an der tr ...more
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Det her er en bog, som jeg var lidt i tvivl om. Jeg har (endnu) ikke læst Conan Doyle’s værker, så ville den her bog spoile alt for mig? Jeg ved allerede en masse, men bøgerne er jo gamle og det er min egen skyld, jeg ikke har læst dem endnu, så det kan jeg ikke rigtig klage over. Men at sætte mig ned og bevidst afsløre det for mig selv? Det gad jeg ikke. Og sådan blev det da heller ikke. Der var selvfølgelig visse afsløringer i forhold til de oprindelige værkers handling, men ikke mere, end hva ...more
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
(I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review)

For me, this book could be divided into three parts:

Part 1, a biography of Arthur Conan Doyle focused mostly on his creation of Sherlock Holmes, was an interesting, if a bit sparse read. I was expecting more on his inspiration for each of the stories, but it could just be that the information isn't available (as the book goes into later, Doyle's collection of papers was only made available for researchers very recently)
Rike @ RikeRandom
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mattias Boströms „Von Mr. Holmes zu Sherlock: Meisterdetektiv. Mythos. Medienstar“ fing richtig, richtig vielversprechend an: Mit einem ausführlichen biographischen Abschnitt über Sir Arthur Conan Doyle und darüber, wo der Autor die Inspiration für seinen berühmten Meisterdetektiv fand. Der „Mr. Holmes“-Part wurde damit au
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