University of Leicester Annual Public Lecture: ‘Arthur Conan Doyle and the Mystery of the Parsee Lawyer’

The University of Leicester’s Centre for Victorian Studies presents its Annual Public Lecture, featuring best-selling author and journalist Shrabani Basu on ‘Arthur Conan Doyle and the Mystery of the Parsee Lawyer’

Date and Time: Wednesday 16 November, 5.15 pm – 6.15 pm (GMT)

Location: Lecture Theatre 1, Attenborough Seminar Block, University of Leicester, UK

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When George Edalji, a young Parsee lawyer, is convicted of mutilating horses in a Staffordshire mining village in 1903, he appeals to Arthur Conan Doyle to clear his name. The creator of Sherlock Holmes accepts the request and proceeds to investigate the case. Based on letters, police records and home office files, Shrabani Basu goes on the trail of Arthur Conan Doyle as he wears the hat of Sherlock Holmes and uncovers the dark secrets lying in the English countryside. It is the only case that Conan Doyle investigated personally.

Speaker biography:

Shrabani Basu is a journalist and Sunday Times best-selling author. Her books include the critically acclaimed The Mystery of the Parsee Lawyer (2021), For King and Another Country (2015), Victoria & Abdul (2010, now a major Oscar-nominated motion picture) and Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan (2006). Shrabani is a frequent commentator on Indian history and Empire.

About the event:

This Annual Public Lecture is hosted by the Centre for Victorian Studies – the oldest specialist centre for the study of Victorian literature and culture in the UK.

This year’s event is run in collaboration with the Centre for New Writing and Literary Leicester with the support of the Development and Alumni Relations Office. Our Alumni Engagement Team exist to maintain strong links with graduates, parents, friends, the wider community and supporters of the University.

The talk will be followed by a reception and book signing. All welcome!