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Episode 67: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse

BSB ep 67

What happens when a 7’2″ NBA All-Star with a passion for history and his professional screenwriter partner-in-crime team up to write an early biography of Sherlock’s eccentric and beloved elder brother?

The result is Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse, an authorial dynamic duo who looked at the Man-Who-Was-the-British-Government and asked themselves how he ended up that way–alone, sedentary, and nigh-omniscient.

Join Babes Ashley and Lyndsay along with both authors as they discuss their Sherlockian origins, racial themes in the novel and in Kareem’s historical and editorial writing, Trinidad in the colonialist period, Mycroft’s closest friend Cyrus Douglas, and much more.

The book was hailed by Booklist as “combining fascinating historical detail with rousing adventure,” by Library Journal as a “slam-dunk of a debut novel,” and by Publisher’s Weekly as “triumphant.”  We loved the book and were honored to get the chance to chat with its lovely authors, so if you’re unfamiliar, give a listen and see why Sherlockians are hailing it as one of the best pastiches in recent memory.

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