Sherlock tale for doll house to be published

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A MINIATURE Sherlock Holmes book written exclusively for the world’s most famous doll house is to be published for the first time in its original format.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who came up with the idea of Sherlock Holmes while working as a GP in Portsmouth, penned the story by hand in a tiny tome measuring 1.5in (3.8cm) by just over 1in (3cm).

It is a little-known tale written in 1922 in black ink over 24 pages, about how Dr Watson tries out his powers of deduction on Holmes – only to get things completely wrong.

How Watson Learned The Trick is one of more than 200 tiny books produced by some of the most famous British authors of the early 20th century for Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, which was made for the wife of King George V and is on permanent display at Windsor Castle.

Other contributors include Thomas Hardy and Rudyard Kipling, another author who lived in Southsea.