A Slight Trick of the Mind

A Slight Trick of the Mind


A Slight Trick of the Mind

Author: Mitch Cullin

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 did not even know he was asking – about life, about love, and about the limits of the mind’s ability to know.

Now a major film (“Mr. Holmes”) starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney, directed by Oscar-winning Bill Condon (“Gods and Monsters”), with screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher (“The Duchess”).

Original language

ENGLISH (US & Canada) | Nan Talese Books
ENGLISH (UK & Commonwealth) | Canongate

Translation rights

BULGARIAN | Intense/Locus
CHINESE (Complex) | China Times
CHINESE (Simplified) | Shanghai 99
CZECH | Euromedia
FRENCH | Naïve Livres
ITALIAN | Neri Pozza
JAPANESE | Kadokawa Shoten
KOREAN | Minumsa
MARATHI | Saraswati
POLISH | Czarna Owca
PORTUGUESE (Brazil) | Intrinseca
PORTUGUESE (Portugal) | Topseller (2020)
RUSSIAN | Azbooka/Atticus
SERBIAN | Vulkan
THAI | Amarin
TURKISH | Labirent Yayinlari

A major motion picture directed by Bill Condon and starred by Ian McKellen. Launched in July 2015.

«(A) touching picture of a once-great man now in old age, his powers declining, his beliefs -his world- crumbling. For all his genius, he realizes, the one thing he has never understood is love.» The New York Times

«This is a lovely, tenderhearted book, full of reserve, good manners, elegance of feeling. It’s what a novel should be. You don’t read it to be improved but for the plain joy of seeing what the language can do in the hands of an affectionate, very accomplished writer.»  The Washington Post

«Few non-canonical Holmes stories…are as original and surprising as Mitch Cullin’s A Slight Trick of the MindSunday Times

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