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Paddington Pollaky
Paddington Pollaky

Paddington Pollaky

The Mysterious Life and Times of the Real Sherlock Holmes


256 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: EPUB, Mobipocket

EPUB, $2.99 (US $2.99) (CA $15.99)

Publication Date: February 2015

ISBN 9780750963312

Rights: US & CA

The History Press (Feb 2015)


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Who was the Victorian super-sleuth 'Paddington' Pollaky? In reality, he was a contradiction: a man of mystery who tried to keep out of the limelight, while at times he craved recognition and publicity. He was a busybody, a meddler, yet someone whose heart was ultimately in the right place. Newspaper accounts detail his work as a private detective in London, his association with The Society for the Protection of Young Females, his foiling of those involved in sex-trafficking, and of his tracking down of abducted children. Themes that remain relevant in the twenty-first century. What was his involvement in the American Civil War? Why did he place cryptic messages in the agony column of The Times? And why were the newspapers so interested in this Hungarian detective and adventurer while the police thoroughly disapproved of him? In this first biography of this complex character, author Bryan Kesselman answers these questions, and examines whether it was Pollaky who provided the inspiration for the literary greats Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes.

Author Biography

Bryan Kesselman has written music and lyrics for a number of operas, including "Dreyfus: Prisoner of Devil's Island." His cantata Maccabee received a Millennium Award. In 2011, he was commissioned to write his Diamond Jubilee Choral Fanfare for The Queen's visit to Harrow.