The Tony & Freda Howlett Award

In 2009 The Sherlock Holmes Society of London began awarding The Tony & Freda Howlett Literary Award. The award has been presented each year since then to the society member (of at least two years standing) who has written the best book or article of a Sherlockian persuasion in the previous calendar year.

The first award  was deservedly presented to Bernard Davies for his two volume work Holmes and Watson Country: Travels in Search of Solutions. Sadly Bernard died the following year.

In 2010 the award went to Dr Amanda Field for her book England's Secret Weapon, an analysis of the Basil Rathbone films. I was short-listed with my book Close to Holmes.

In 2011 the award came to yours truly for The Norwood Author.

This year the award went to John Weber for his book Under the Darkling Sky.

I learned only recently that Mr Weber had succumbed to cancer. It was good to know that he did actually receive the award before his death and that it gave him great pleasure.

I wonder what 2013 will bring....

For more information on Arthur Conan Doyle and his time at Undershaw please refer to my book, An Entirely New Country which is available through all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Classic Specialities, and in all electronic formats including iTunes, Kobo, Nook and Kindle .

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Waterstones UK, Amazon UK,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, iBooks for the iPad/iPhone, Kobo Books, Nook.

Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

Eliminate the Impossible is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

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