Prince of the Realm:
The Most Irregular James Bliss Austin.
by Sonia Fetherston, BSI.
Bliss Austin, “The Engineer’s Thumb,” was a member of the very first class of “Investitured” Irregulars in 1944. He assembled what was then the finest collection of rare Sherlockiana, then gave it all away. And he is acknowledged as an early master in playing “the grand game.”
The Baker Street Irregulars Press has created a new Biography Series to keep alive the memory of leading Sherlockians of the past, and to introduce them to a new generation. Morley-Montgomery Award winning author Sonia Fetherston has diligently researched written records and interviewed family members and acquaintances in building a fascinating portrait of this man of great accomplishment and legendary generosity.
“In Sonia Fetherston’s book, I almost feel that I’ve met the man.”
—Roger Johnson, The District Messenger of the SHSL
192 pages, 9″ x 6″ trade paperback, December 2014
With 11 b&w illustrations
Prince of the Realm
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Table of Contents for Prince of the Realm
Foreword: The Best Biographies are Time Machines
1. James Bliss Austin
2. The Baker Street Irregulars
3. The Cold War Years
4. The Bliss Austin Sherlockian Collection
5. Japanese Art
6. Stand With Me Here Upon the Terrace
About the Author
Audio Interview with the author (podcast at I Hear of Sherlock)
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