Our search for Sherlock Holmes takes us from books to documentaries about:
- the numerous popular depictions and interpretations of Sherlock Holmes;
- his side-kick, Dr. Watson;
- the man who is the inspiration for the character of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle's teacher, Dr. Joseph Bell;
- the man behind all these fantastic stories, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
If there is one place on earth that any self-respecting Sherlock fan wants to be seen hanging out at, it is here:
Getting to Baker Street tube station is only the first step. What we are really after is house number 221b on Baker Street, which houses The Sherlock Holmes Museum.
Anyone who has read the entire canon of Sherlock Holmes, as Tiger has, will instantly recognise all the small details and different scenes/characters dotted inside different rooms of the Victorian house.
According to Tiger, looking at the various instruments that Holmes and Watson would have used in the various stories have certainly brought the stories more to life.
I must confess that I have not read every Sherlock Holmes story, but even I can recognise a few of the most famous characters, just by listening to Tiger's informal narrations of what he has read.
It would be very commendable to be able to read every book that Tiger reads, but I can't keep up with my son's reading speed. However, I find that it helps to take an active interest in familiarising myself with the main plot of the story and a few of the main characters, in this case that means being able to recognise the hound from The Hound of the Baskervilles and Professor Moriaty, Holmes' arch enemy.