|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 will ITV's three-part adaptation of Arthur and George (March 2015), with Martin Clunes in the role of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, be like? Presumably it will stick closely to the Julian Barnes version of events and perhaps repeat some of the inaccuracies in his novel. Certainly the ITV's own website is full of mistakes when it describes the historical background to the series. Watch this space for further comment!
|Copyright © Roger Oldfield 2015|