Sixty of the world’s leading Sherlock Holmes authors have come together
to create the largest ever anthology of new stories about the Baker
Street detective. The royalties from the project are to go towards the
restoration of Undershaw, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former home which
will become a school for children with learning disabilities.
Undershaw is where Conan Doyle wrote many of the original Sherlock
Holmes stories and where he brought Holmes back to life after having
killed him off at the famous Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland. The building fell into disrepair in 2009 when
developers tried to carve up the house but were blocked by a determined
group of Sherlock Holmes fans who fought the planning all the way to the
high court. The group – supported by their patron, Sherlock co-creator
Mark Gatiss – won an injunction in the high court. The developer
appealed but that was quashed in 2012.