BENDING THE WILLOW :Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes by David Stuart Davies. Ashcroft, BC, Canada; Calabash Press/Ash-Tree; 2010. 1st revised edition thus. Hardcover.
New Edition 2010.
ISBN: 978-1-55310-127-7; 200pp; Hardback. Fully illustrated. LIMITED TO 500 COPIES.
Jeremy Brett's portrayal of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective is widely recognised as the best yet seen.
Before his untimely death in 1995, Brett had made the part his own, all the time battling against the manic depression which had plagued him for many years. Bending the Willow examines how this brilliant actor channelled the demons of his debilitating illness into his iridescent portrayal of Sherlock Holmes.
In this fascinating and perceptive study, David Stuart Davies draws on the many conversations he had with Jeremy Brett and key people involved with the Granada Television series and the stage play The Secret of Sherlock Holmes. The result is the first detailed assessment of all of Jeremy Brett's performances as Sherlock Holmes.
For this new edition, David Stuart Davies has added a final afterword; there is a new reminiscence from David Burke; and a number of new photographs from the series have been added. Bending the Willow is fully illustrated with seventy photographs, and is an important addition to the libraries of television enthusiasts, Sherlock Holmes followers, and Jeremy Brett alike.
Published in a LIMITED hardcover edition of 500 copies in Canada by Calabash Press. Fine in pictorial boards without dj as issued.