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Book of a Lifetime: Raffles, By EW Hornung

I see from the inscription in my Penguin paperback that it was bought on holiday in Ilfracombe, summer of 1976, so I must have been 12. Raffles was a joy to me then and, unlike other books of my youth, a joy still. The attraction of EW Hornung's character, who first appeared in 1899, was that he led not just a double but a triple life.

Elementary, my dear: US 'Sherlock' remake extended to 22 episodes

The American remake of British drama Sherlock will be extended into a 22 episode season to be broadcast on CBS.

Last night's viewing - Elementary, Sky Living; George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, Channel 4

An enigma has been solved in a most ingenious way – the solver cutting through the preconceptions of fuzzier minds and delivering the solution with a flourish. What was inexplicable has been unfolded and smoothed flat. Impossible knots have been deftly loosed and unravelled.

Humphrey Bogart as Philip Marlowe (with Lauren Bacall in The Big Sleep)

Rupert Cornwell: The return of Philip Marlowe PI

Out of America: The guardians of Raymond Chandler's estate have authorised a Booker winner to bring the author's hero back to life

Between the covers: Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet, opposite Colin Firth's Mr Darcy, in the acclaimed 1995 BBC adaptation of 'Pride and Prejudice'

Oh Mr Darcy! Pride and Prejudice among classic novels to receive erotic makeover

A publisher of adult fiction is giving literary classics such as Jane Eyre and Pride And Prejudice an erotic makeover.

Diets: Follow the stars and lose weight (constellations, not celebs)

You're carrying a bit of weight round your middle. I can see a Mars bar in your bag and I can tell from a glance that your BMI is waaaay off. Don't tell me – you must be a Gemini.

Plans to redevelop Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's house blocked

A High Court challenge to a plan to redevelop the Victorian house where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote The Hound Of The Baskervilles has succeeded.

Lara Pulver with Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock

Sherlock Holmes and the mystery of the missing eight minutes

A painful cut to the BBC's reinvention of the classic detective has left US fans in uproar

ITV's Fred West drama leads Bafta nominations

ITV’s Fred West dramatisation has picked up the most nominations for this year’s television Baftas, with its star Dominic West going head to head with Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch to be crowned leading actor.

Tim Walker: Mixed-up casting has lost the plot

By casting an attractive woman as Watson, CBS has neatly sidestepped one enduring source of Sherlock Holmes-based speculation: the seething homoerotic tension between the detective and his sidekick. In the BBC's hit show Sherlock, for example, Watson is frequently obliged to inform presumptuous strangers that he and Holmes are just good friends. By contrast, Guy Ritchie's macho movie adaptations seem convinced of the duo's flagrant heterosexuality.

Lucy Liu is to play Dr Watson in 'radical' US adaptation of Sherlock Holmes

Lucy Liu to play Dr Watson in 'radical' US adaptation of Sherlock Holmes

He’s traditionally been Sherlock Holmes’ brave accomplice and a faithful chronicler of their sleuthing escapades.

Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the seventh hole during the semifinal against Lee Westwood

Westwood and McIlroy in race for world No 1 crown

Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood came to the rescue of the World Match Play yesterday, advancing to the weekend and lifting the mood when it seemed all of Arizona was still in mourning for the loss of Tiger Woods.

Jonny Lee Miller to play Sherlock Holmes in US series

The two British stars won a joint Best Actor prize after sharing the lead in the National Theatre’s Frankenstein.

Jonny Lee Miller to play Sherlock Holmes in US series

The two British stars won a joint Best Actor prize after sharing the lead in the National Theatre’s Frankenstein.

The Whores' Asylum, By Katy Darby

Victorian gothic, without the gymnastics

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