February 18, 2007

WHAT HERITAGE?:

Rankin battles Jowell to save Conan Doyle's home (Oliver Duff, 19 February 2007, Independent)

Tessa Jowell is setting herself up to become a villain or victim in the forthcoming, and final, Inspector Rebus crime novel, currently being written by Ian Rankin.

Rankin accuses the Culture Secretary of a disregard for the literary opus of Arthur Conan Doyle, akin to that of the pigeons who decorate Edinburgh's statue of Sherlock Holmes. He has joined a campaign for better protection of Conan Doyle's Surrey house, Undershaw, where he wrote The Hound of the Baskervilles. It is boarded up; the roofs leak. Grade I listed status would secure its future.

Jowell believes the property to be "an unremarkable late-19th-century domestic house ... with many of the original features long gone". She has tried to placate Conan Doyle fans by offering to Grade I-list 221b Baker Street.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 18, 2007 10:13 PM
Comments

When in fact all of the buildings on Baker Street (that end at least) are built on top of the remains of any that existed 100 years ago.

Posted by: Bartman at February 19, 2007 10:30 AM

The last Rebus crime novel? What a bummer! Hope he pulls a Conan Doyle with "The Return of Rebus".

Posted by: jdkelly at February 19, 2007 12:45 PM
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