Uncover the true story of George Edalji, a successful barrister and son of the first Indian to become a vicar in England. When a spate of distressing crimes occurred in his Staffordshire village, George was tried and convicted. Yet, many were convinced that justice had not been served. After his early release, George enlisted the help of the novelist Arthur Conan Doyle to try and clear his name.
Shrabani Basu recounts this fascinating tale of an unlikely friendship between George and the creator one of the world’s most famous detectives, Sherlock Holmes. By exploring this case, she will shine a light on the nature of racism in small-town England and the state of the justice system at the turn of the century, compelling us to consider how much has really changed.
About the speaker
Shrabani Basu is a journalist and author. Her books include Victoria & Abdul, which is now a major motion picture, and For King and Another Country. In 2010, she set up the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust and campaigned for a memorial for the Second World War heroine, which was unveiled in London by Princess Anne in 2012.