From Holmes to Sherlock

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From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men and Women Who Created an Icon
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First edition (Swedish)
AuthorMattias Boström
Original titleFrån Holmes till Sherlock
TranslatorMichael Gallagher
CountryUnited States
PublisherMysterious Press
Published in English
August 2017
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN978-0802126603 (first edition, hardback)

From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men and Women Who Created an Icon is a non-fiction book by Mattias Boström which explores the history of Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock fandom,[1] originally published in 2017. It was nominated for an Edgar Award in the category of "Best Critical/Biographical"[2] by the Mystery Writers of America.[3] It won an Agatha Award for "Best Nonfiction" in 2018.[4]

The book was originally published in Swedish.[5] The English edition is translated by Michael Gallagher.[5]


Michael Dirda, writing for The Washington Post, called the book "the best account of Baker Street mania ever written. Really."[5] Publishers Weekly called the book an "exhaustive study of the 130-year Sherlock Holmes phenomenon" and said "The informal, accessible style of Gallagher’s translation makes for an easy, if lengthy, read."[1] Kirkus Reviews called the book "A spirited account of how Sherlock became a household name."[6] Newsday called it "a book hard-core fans will eat up".[7]

The book was part of Tom Nolan's year-end "What to Give: Mysteries" for The Wall Street Journal in 2018.[8]


  1. ^ a b "From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men and Women Who Created an Icon". Publishers Weekly. March 13, 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  2. ^ "The 2018 Edgar Award Winners". CrimeReads. April 27, 2018. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  3. ^ Faye, Lyndsay (January 2, 2019). "The Year in Sherlockiana". CrimeReads. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  4. ^ Cogdill, Oline H. "2018 Agatha Award Winners". Mystery Scene. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Dirda, Michael (August 16, 2017). "If you love Sherlock Holmes, you'll love this book". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  6. ^ "From Holmes to Sherlock". Kirkus Reviews. May 31, 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  7. ^ Price, Matthew (August 2, 2017). "'From Holmes to Sherlock' review: Mattias Boström's study of Arthur Conan Doyle's great detective is for superfans". Newsday. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  8. ^ Nolan, Tom (November 15, 2018). "What to Give: Mysteries". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 2, 2019.

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