I’m very excited to hear that I will soon be seeing my writing translated into Russian.
The anthology – ‘Sherlock’s Home, The Empty House’ – was featured on a Russian national news programme last week and as a result, it is now being translated and published in Russia.
The book contains my short story, Charlie Milverton, as well as other fantastic Sherlock Holmes stories written by fans from around the world. Even the great Stephen Fry mentioned the book on twitter to his 4.8 million followers last Friday. All royalties from Sherlock’s Home go to The Undershaw Preservation Trust, fighting to protect the former home of Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Mark Gatiss is the charity’s patron. With famous friends like these fighting their corner, the future looks promising for Undershaw.
An appeal by the developer trying to destroy Undershaw has now been rejected by the courts so the initial ruling still stands – that the local council were wrong to grant planning permission in the first place. This has secured the house for now but there is still much work to be done. This progress has been due to the hard work of all those involved in the campaign and the loyal, highly-active Sherlock Holmes fans who have rallied to the cause.
It reminds me yet again of what a special, international community the Holmes fans make up. I feel really honoured to be part of it.
MX Publishing has many Undershaw fundraising books available – including my own book 56 Sherlock Holmes Stories in 56 Days. Follow this link to view them and details of how to purchase:
BBC Sherlock news – Benedict Cumberbatch and Louise Brealey (who plays Molly Hooper) gave a talk at the Cheltenham Literature Festival about the series and revealed that Mark Gatiss has now handed in his first draft of the opening episode of Sherlock Series three. Click this link to read an excellent account of the event by the Sherlockology team: