Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Macmillan to Publish Young Sherlock Holmes Series


Macmillan is hoping to emulate the success of Puffin's Young Bond series with three books about a Young Sherlock Holmes.

The authorised adventures of Young Sherlock Holmes will launch with The Colossal Schemes of Baron Maupertuis due to be published in Spring 2010. The books will begin in the 1860s and will detail the life of a 14-year-old Sherlock Holmes.

McNally described the first book as "a completely gripping thriller," and labeled the young Holmes, "an utterly convincing, psychologically complex, flawed, clever fourteen-year-old boy".
Read the full article here.

There's a longer article with more details at The Guardian:
Starting at age 14 and tracing Holmes's life at school and then at university, the books will be written by author Andrew Lane – a self-confessed "super-fan" who has a collection of over 100 Holmes-related books – kicking off with a case referenced but never explained by Conan Doyle, The Colossal Schemes of Baron Maupertius. This will see Holmes, who is sent to stay with relatives in Surrey after his soldier father is unexpectedly posted to India, uncovering a series of murders.

"Like most teenagers he finds it difficult relating to girls, and making friends," said Lane, who is planning a doomed love affair for later in the series to help explain Holmes's adult difficulties with women. "He's quite intellectual, quite reserved."
I've read a couple of Andy Lane's Doctor Who and Torchwood tie-in novels (I loved the reference to Tapanuli fever, the illness mentioned in Conan Doyle's "The Dying Detective" in Slow Decay), so I'm very interested to see how this series turns out. The "colossal schemes of Baron Maupertuis" (The Guardian's spelling is incorrect) are, if memory serves, referenced in "The Adventure of the Reigate Squires".

Edited: I was correct. It's from the opening paragraph:
"It was some time before the health of my friend Mr. Sherlock Holmes recovered from the strain caused by his immense exertions in the spring of '87. The whole question of the Netherland-Sumatra Company and of the colossal schemes of Baron Mauperuis are too recent in the minds of the public, and are too intimately concerned with politics and finance to be fitting subjects for this series of sketches. They led, however, in an indirect fashion to a singular and complex problem which gave my friend an opportunity of demonstrating the value of a fresh weapon among the many with which he waged his life-long battle against crime."
-- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Adventure of the Reigate Squires"


  1. Now I wish I had enough time to venture into a Sherlock Holmes obsession. *Sigh*

  2. Oh, this is great! I'm quite excited.


  3. MJ, you do have until next year. ;) You can read most of the short stories online for free.

    Lauren, I'm very happy about this. I just wish I didn't have to wait until next year for it, though.

  4. hmph. the only detective i read as a kid was encyclopedia brown!! kids today have all the luck. :)

  5. Encyclopedia Brown! Oh, that brings back memories. I loved the books and often had to fight the boys in the school library for them. I had a bit of an unfair advantage, actually. The Encyclopedia Browns were on a rather high shelf and I was the tallest kid in my class until well into junior high.

  6. Eek, this looks like a potentially awesome read! Or at least humorous-- all the Young Whatever books I've read tend to be made of crack, but still enjoyable and fun.

    - Anastasia

  7. Oh I devoured Sherlock Holmes in my younger days! I think this is great.