Review article covering Camberton and Baron

The Poetry of City Life, By Richard Marshall.

“Iain Sinclair is drawn to the mystery of Camberton’s exit. Rumours of a tape recording of William Burroughs and Camberton still whisper through London’s dusk. Baron is a different puzzle. He wrote the Granada television adaptation of A Scandal in Bohemia starring the peerless Jeremy Brett in his first outing as Holmes and added a final detail Conan Doyle omitted. In the final shot the plot’s incriminating photograph is thrown into the sea as if the scandalous Adler hoped to drown all last traces. Yet of course as the credits role and Patrick Gower’s mournful music plays we know that identities don’t erase so simply. Conan Doyle’s Watson’s memoires defeat Adler’s machinations. Other changes Baron made include refusing Watson his wife and family home: unlike in the story he is still living at 221b Baker Street. This famous street address doesn’t exist. Nor does Lamb Street in Islington where Baron’s Rosie Hogarth is set. Baron Street does, however, which the wakeful Andrew Whitehead in his introduction suggests may have been the model for the fictional one.”

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