By Nick Hornby
A new selection of nonfiction writing on tradition from the bestselling writer of High Fidelity.
Books, videos, Rhythm, Blues brings jointly the simplest of Nick Hornby's non-fiction items on movie and television, writers and painters and track, and together with one extraordinary fragment of autobiography. With subject material starting from the Sundance pageant to Abbey street Studios, from P.G. Wodehouse to The West Wing, those are items that 'were written for enjoyable, or simply because I felt I had issues to assert and time to assert them, or as the commissions have been strange and imaginitive, or simply because ... i used to be being requested to head someplace I had by no means been before.'
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Quotes Gustave Flaubert. Watson: Lives to the south of Hyde Park where he ﬁnds his medical practice unabsorbing. Elementary: Deduces Jabez Wilson is a manual labourer, Freemason, snuff-taker, has recently written a great deal and has visited China. ’ Problems: Holmes mentions Mary Sutherland’s case, which isn’t until the next story. The date is 9 October 1890 yet Wilson’s • 33 • SHERLOCK HOLMES advert appeared on 27 April,‘two months ago’. Athelney Jones appears to have changed his name to Peter.
Locations: 221B Baker Street; The Diogenes Club, Pall Mall; rooms in Pall Mall; Wandsworth Common; ‘The Myrtles’, Beckenham. Unrecorded Case: Adams and the Manor House. Holmes:Watson regards him as a brain without a heart. Is averse to women and doesn’t usually talk about his family. His ances• 55 • SHERLOCK HOLMES tors were country squires, his grandmother possibly the sister of French painter Emile Jean Vernet (1789–1863). Has consulted Mycroft many times and his brother has given him some of his most interesting cases.
Holmes mentions a sister, but this is probably a ﬁgure of speech. Verdict: A weak tale, the chief interest is its foreshadowing of The Hound of the Baskervilles with its use of a giant dog. Characterisation is in places sketchy, with the evil boy not even receiving a name. But Violet Hunter is a splendid creation: a • 44 • THE CANON feisty, intelligent young woman who would have made an ideal companion for Holmes. 3/5 15) The Adventure of Silver Blaze UK: The Strand Magazine (December 1892, SP); USA: Harper’s Weekly (25 February 1893,WHH) The Case: A champion racehorse is stolen on the eve of an important race… Characters: Colonel Ross, Inspector Gregory, Silas Brown, groom, stable lad, Silver Blaze, John Straker, Mrs Straker, Fitzroy Simpson, Lord Blackwater, Ned Hunter, Edith Baxter, William Darbyshire, Madame Darbyshire.