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A Slight Trick of the Mind - Mitch Cullin

A Slight Trick of the Mind - Mitch Cullin
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Title: A Slight Trick of the Mind

Author:  Mitch Cullin

ISBN:  9781782113300

Weight:  687g

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A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin

“Why’d she come here?  Why’d she come to you?”
A cloud passed over the sun, casting a long shadow across the gardens.
“Hope, I suspect,” said Holmes.  “It seems I am known for discovering answers when events appear desperate.”

It is 1947, and the long-retired Holmes, now 93, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse, where his memories and intellect begin to go adrift.  He lives with a housekeeper and her young son, Roger, whose patient, respectful demeanor stirs paternal affection in Holmes.

Holmes has settled into the routine of tending his apiary, writing in journals, and grappling with the diminishing powers of his razor-sharp mind, when Roger comes upon a case hitherto unknown.  It is that of a Mrs. Keller, the long-ago object of Holmes’s deep – and never acknowledged – infatuation.

As Mitch Cullin weaves together Holmes’s hidden past, his poignant struggle to retain mental acuity, and his unlikely relationship with Roger, Holmes is transformed from the machine-like, mythic figure into an ordinary man, confronting and acquiescing to emotions he has resisted his entire life.  This subtle and wise work is more than just a reimagining of a classic character.  It is a profound meditation on faultiness of memory and how, as we grow older, the way we see the world is inevitably altered.

Mitch Cullin’s engrossing A Slight Trick of the Mind is an original portrait of literature’s most beloved detective, Sherlock Holmes, in the twilight of his illustrious life.

Peer & Press Reviews

A curious, unusual and wonderful novel… this is an essential and truly fascinating read.

Scotsman

Quite extraordinary…  Our hero – our eternal hero – has never been more heroic, or more human.

Village Voice

A wise and touching examination of the human condition.

Los Angeles Times Book Review

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Attribute Details
Title A Slight Trick of the Mind
Author
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the half title page
Awards and Media
Film adaptation On 5 September 2013, it was announced that the book would be adapted into a film with Ian McKellen as Holmes.  Bill Condon would direct, and Jeffrey Hatcher would adapt the screenplay.  The film was released in the UK on 19 June 2015 under the title Mr. Holmes.
Book Stats
Publisher Canongate Books
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13 9781782113300
ISBN 10 1782113304
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 253
Size (h x w x d) 222 x 145 x 25mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Peter I. Chang
Book design Caroline Cunningham
Jacket design Peter Adlington
Jacket image Christophe Dessaigne / Trevillion Images

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