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The first look of Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes in the film adaptation of Mitch Cullin’s, ‘A Slight Trick of the Mind.“ [x]

Want to know more about the story? We interviewed the author in June. You can listen [HERE].

It is 1947, and the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, now 93, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper and her young son. He tends to his bees, writes in his journal, and grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind.

But in the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn’t even know he was asking-about life, about love, and about the limits of the mind’s ability to know.

You can buy the novel on Amazon: US [x], UK [x]

Prepare for geekgasm: Ian McKellen is playing an elderly Sherlock Holmes in Bill Condon’s upcoming film A Slight Trick of the Mind. The logline:

The story picks up with the detective at age 93, long-ago retired to the rural area of Sussex, where he is haunted by an unresolved case from a half-century ago.

His partner, Dr. Watson, is no longer with him. And his mental acuity has bid him farewell, too. This is a Sherlock Holmes grappling with his own faded and tattered memory, whose powers of observation and deduction are not what they used to be.

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We sit down with Mitch Cullin, author of A Slight Trick of the Mind, which tells the story of a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes’ battle with his diminishing mind.

It is 1947, and the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, now 93, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper and her young son. He tends to his bees, writes in his journal, and grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind.

But in the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn’t even know he was asking-about life, about love, and about the limits of the mind’s ability to know.

You can buy the novel on Amazon: US [x], UK [x]

Music: Fifties Shopping Intro Extended by TeknoAXE

Books discussed:

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R King [x]

The Casebook of Solar Pons by August Derleth [x]

Embracing Defeat by John Dower [x]

Sleep, Pale Sister by Joanne Harris [x]

From Ian McKellen fb page (x)

Over 70 actors have previously played Sherlock Holmes. Now he’s 93 years old and it’s my turn, in “Mr Holmes.” The great detective has long since retired to the countryside, with his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and his bees. But there’s one last case to be solved. And there’s the sting.

If any of you want to read ’A Slight Trick of the Mind’ by Mitch Cullin, you can download it from here.

The tale is that of Sherlock Holmes, elderly and unable to walk without a cane, as his memory begins to fail. He lives with a housekeeper and her son, and talks to the son about his life before he forgets it entirely.

The book will be adapted into a film with Ian McKellen as Holmes.

LONDON! Free tomorrow evening? Come to the UK launch of A Slight Trick of the Mind with author Mitch Cullin at the Covent Garden Waterstone’s at 6:30PM! It’s only 3 quid and you get free drinks and an in-conversation with Mitch!

A Slight Trick of the Mind is a beautifully sad book about an aged Sherlock Holmes dealing with one of his final cases, and it’s being made into a feature film starring Sir Ian McKellen.

More details on the event, including how to grab tickets [HERE].

“My novel A Slight Trick Of The Mind took three years to write, from 2000 to 2003, and in that time my mother developed the ovarian cancer that would eventually kill her. And while she and my father had been divorced for years, they were both still quite close.

“What I then saw, as my mother’s illness progressed, was my father’s deepening regret for choices he had made in his life as a younger man. All of this I dealt with metaphorically through the novel. Elderly Holmes’s memory loss, his regrets and desire to love, the woman he once desired as a younger man and who suddenly died before he could make sense of his complicated feelings for her, and his affection for the very small boy he found himself spending time with alone: all of this came from my personal life, not from the ghost-mind of the Conan Doyle Estate’s beloved Sir Arthur.

“I’ll finish up by pointing out that the hardback first edition of A Slight Trick Of The Mind (first published in 2005) is 253 pages in all. The totality of ‘infringement’ examples that the Estate cites wouldn’t even fill an entire page of that book.

“For that matter, if I had clearly infringed on their copyrights, would they have really waited the equivalent of a decade to make their case? Of course not.”