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  • The Mystery of the Parsee Lawyer

  • Arthur Conan Doyle, George Edalji and the Case of the Foreigner in the English Village
  • Written by: Shrabani Basu
  • Narrated by: Aysha Kala
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Biographies & Memoirs, True Crime
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Bloomsbury presents The Mystery of the Parsee Lawyer by Shrabani Basu, read by Aysha Kala.

In the village of Great Wyrley near Birmingham, someone is mutilating horses. Someone is also sending threatening letters to the vicarage, where the vicar, Shahpur Edalji, is a Parsi convert to Christianity and the first Indian to have a parish in England. His son George - quiet, socially awkward and the only boy at school with distinctly Indian features - grows up into a successful barrister, till he is improbably linked to and then prosecuted for the above crimes in a case that left many convinced that justice hadn’t been served.

When he is released early, his conviction still hangs over him. Having lost faith in the police and the legal system, George Edalji turns to the one man he believes can clear his name - the one whose novels he spent his time reading in prison, the creator of the world’s greatest detective. When he writes to Arthur Conan Doyle asking him to meet, Conan Doyle agrees. 

From the author of Victoria and Abdul comes an eye-opening look at race and an unexpected friendship in the early days of the 20th century and the perils of being foreign in a country built on empire.

©2021 Shrabani Basu (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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"Compulsive reading. The bizarre story of Conan Doyle as detective and champion of justice has all the hallmarks of Shrabani Basu’s genius." (A. N. Wilson)

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  • Emerson Mayes
  • 09-04-21

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I grew up in Great Wyrley and still have very strong links with the village. It's great to see this story being bought back to the public's attention. Brilliantly researched and written (one exception being repeatedly calling the church St Mary's when it is actually St Mark's), this is an excellent telling of one of the greatest miscarriages of justice seen in Britain - as relevant today as it was then. Brilliant stuff!

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