McLevy is the Real Sherlock!

The #NapierBigRead is a shared reading scheme at Edinburgh Napier University where staff and students receive a free book and are encouraged to come together in University-wide events and discussions.

This year at Edinburgh Napier, we will be giving out copies of Detective McLevy’s Casebook. This collection of short stories is based on true crimes investigated by Detective McLevy, who is credited as being the real-life inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.

All ready for the Big (Read) Launch!

The Big Read was launched in 2015 at Kingston University, as a scheme that aimed at increasing student engagement and initiating conversations through a shared reading experience. Every arriving student received a free copy of Nick Hornby’s About a Boy, and the project sparked very positive reactions from both the staff and students.

Edinburgh Napier University joined the Big Read initiative in 2016, promoting Matt Haig’s The Humans.

For 2017, we decided to do something a little different to Kingston, and our project puts students at the centre.


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We are using Detective McLevy’s Casebook, a collection of short stories by a 19th-century Edinburgh detective James McLevy, said to be the inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.

The Publishing staff and students at Edinburgh Napier University produced this special edition back in 2012, tying it in with the 125th Sherlock Holmes Anniversary and launching it at the first ever Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival. So, even from the choice of the book, #NapierBigRead is truly student focussed.

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