The Last Sherlock Holmes Story by Michael Dibdin

‘You could be Holmes, I’ll be Watson/ Every hero, yes even me / Everybody has their Moriarty’ As Belle & Sebastian put it so melodically, all superheroes need a supervillain. And villains don’t come much bigger than Professor Moriarty – or indeed Jack the Ripper. For Holmes believes that these names are one and the same: it…

The Little Wonder by Robert Winder

Ah, the winter. A perfect time for dreaming of the summer. During England’s current cricket tour of South Africa, the home team’s first innings in Johannesburg created history: the first time in 140-odd years of Test matches that every member of the XI had made double figures but no-one had scored a fifty. These are the sort of ultimately useless…

Dickens In The Other Room

 So anyway, 2016. Looking back at my manifesto* for 2015, the words ‘abject’ followed by ‘failure’ would seem appropriate, if a little on the pedestrian side. The plan, brimful of good intent, was to take down from my shelves – and open – five lengthy tomes. But 60% of them eluded my grasp despite being only inches away from my…