The Story and the Truth


71 is the number of an apartment where we stay regularly in Whinfell Forest, Cumbria. We like it there.

‘We’ are Anna French and Dan Hartland. Anna has a PhD in early modern history and lectures in early modern history at the University of Liverpool. Dan, meanwhile, is a self-employed writer and musician with particular specialisms in the interweb, science fiction and

‘The Story and the Truth’ is an inadequate catch-all term for what we do here, which is mostly talk about whatever interests and inspires us. That usually includes literature, history, music, film and politics, plus retro and vintage fashion, history, nostalgia, travel, art, cookery, animals and photography. So more or less any old thing, then.

  1. Dear Dan and Anna:

    First let me say that I have enjoyed rolling through your blog; it is beautifully put together, and covers a lot of ground that I myself am deeply interested in. There are not that many blogs on which one can take in gardening, music writing, and vegetarianiam (I am not a vegetarian, but my sister is and my mother is thinking about it, so I’ve learned to cook and eat a lot of vegetarian and vegan food) and Sherlock Holmes at one glance.

    But, let me come to the point: Might I suggest an addendum to the Wednesday reading? I am an author of a growing anthology of new Sherlock Holmes stories, an anthology springing out of a clue taken in my youth from a little exchange between the two Holmes brothers in ‘The Greek Interpreter.” Now it may be that fans of the new movie may indeed end up discovering my work, but I would much more value the opinion of thoughtful Sherlockians such as yourselves. You may find the introduction to the anthology at, and from there you may both download a free copy of the first story — “Prelude — The Orphans of Pall Mall” and enjoy the web experience of “Prelude” with music and pictures. Thank you for your consideration, and have a Merry Christmas.

    Very truly yours,

    Deeann D. Mathews

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