All the buzz and excitement which now exists about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s greatest creation should reinforce the importance of protecting ACD’s former home – Undershaw.
This once-beautiful, historic house has fallen into a sad state of disrepair and is under threat from a developer who wants to carve it up into flats. Windows are smashed, the roof is leaking, graffiti covers the walls – it’s heartbreaking.
Doyle designed the house himself and lived there with his family whilst writing The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
The Undershaw Preservation Trust are working through the courts to protect the house from development and ultimately want to restore it to its former glory. This is a costly campaign and funds are urgently needed to keep the fight alive. Mark Gatiss himself is the charity’s patron and other famous supporters include Stephen Fry and actor Gyles Brandreth.
Steve Emecz, the man behind Sherlock Holmes specialist publisher MX Publishing, has put together a small collection of three books (including one of my own) whose royalties go to the Save Undershaw Campaign:
Sherlock’s Home – The Empty House (a collection of Sherlock Holmes short stories written by fans – including one from me)
An Entirely New Country (by eminent Holmes scholar and historian Alistair Duncan)
56 Sherlock Holmes Stories in 56 Days – (A collection of my own blogs reviewing ACD’s original 56 short stories and four Sherlock Holmes novels)
It is Steve’s 41st birthday tomorrow and he has very generously offered to donate an extra £5 ($8) to Undershaw for each collection which is bought from now until midnight on Friday.
Click the below links to purchase this great offer and show your support to Undershaw. If you haven’t already done so, please also show your support by ‘liking’ their Facebook page.
http://mxpublishing.com/product/Undershaw (MX Publishing USA)
http://www.mxpublishing.co.uk/engine/shop/product/Undershaw (MX Publishing UK inc Europe)
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