It is very rare that you encounter a story that is both anchor and lighthouse but I find both in Holmes. I adore the Sherlock Holmes stories even though I am from a different world. As long as the enigmatic and the idiosyncratic exist, Holmes will be alive and relevant. It is a radical and very uncontemporary position to be uncertain but thank god writers venture into these places. Conan Doyle has a lot to teach us.
First published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual, 1887