At last we Rathbone fans have a new book about our hero to read! David Clayton’s book The Curse of Sherlock Holmes: The Basil Rathbone Story has just been released in the U.K., and is scheduled to be released in the U.S.A. through Trafalgar/IPG Book distributors November 2020. I haven’t seen the book yet (my copy is on its way), but I’ll post an update after I’ve read the book. Here is the press release:
The first definitive biography of Basil Rathbone, from the trenches of WWI to Hollywood fame
New biography The Curse of Sherlock Holmes is the first complete account of one of Britain’s most loved actors.
Though Basil Rathbone had a long and distinguished acting career, it was as Sherlock Holmes that he achieved worldwide fame.
Appearing in fourteen Holmes films, Rathbone made the role his own, and every actor who has since played the ingenious detective has been compared to him — almost always failing to live up to Rathbone’s legacy.
He continued his career in Hollywood, appearing in numerous roles, but he found it difficult to free himself of Holmes, eventually accepting he never would.
This book spans Rathbone’s journey from the trenches of the First World War, when he was awarded a Military Cross for bravery, through to a Hollywood career that earned him three Walk of Fame stars.
It also takes in his life away from the silver screen and his relationship with the son he left behind for a new life in America and also his lifelong friendship with Nigel Bruce, his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson in all the Sherlock Holmes films.
David Clayton, the author of this book, has authored more than fifty books, including The Richard Beckinsale Story and Ollie: The Autobiography of Ian Holloway.
Endorsement from Jilly Cooper: “David Clayton is a wonderful writer. His books are as entertaining as they are revealing and he really brings his characters to life.”
Hardback ISBN 9780752494463