|The Edalji Five and the Shadow of Sherlock Holmes|
Outrage by Roger Oldfield
Outrage: The Edalji Five and the Shadow of Sherlock Holmes
The tale has been told many times, notably in Julian Barnes's Arthur and George short-listed for the Man Booker prize in 2005. Roger Oldfield however believes that the fame of Conan Doyle’s campaign has obscured the fascinating history of the Edalji family as whole: Shapurji, George’s father, a Bombay-born Parsi who served as an Anglican vicar for 42 years; Charlotte, George’s mother, descended from generations of English conquerors and looters of South Asia; and the three children, George, Horace and Maud, Anglo-Asians raised in an isolated English mining village. The lives of all five were haunted by the story of that dying pit-pony.
The author has an insider's perspective: he once taught in Great Wyrley and knew descendants of players in the Edalji family drama.
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Update, March 2015
What has ITV done to Arthur and George?
A historian's view of ITV's new drama series, March 2015.
|Copyright © Roger Oldfield 2015|