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Shrabani Basu

Shrabani Basu: The Mystery of the Parsee Lawyer

Monday 31 May | 3.30 - 4.30pm

£7 Venue: Carriage Shop Theatre, Derby College (Roundhouse) DE24 8JE

From journallist and author of Victoria & Abdul, Shrabani Basu's latest book, The Mystery of the Parsee Lawyer, is the real-life case featuring Arthur Conan Doyle as detective and an unexpected friendship with George Edalji, a quiet boy whose father was a Parsi convert to Christianity and the first Indian to have a parish in England.

Their Staffordshire village of Great Wyrley suffers a spate of distressing crimes and George was improbably linked to the crimes and later prosecuted. Released early, the conviction hung over him and George Edalji turns to the one man he believes can clear his name - the one whose novels he spent his time reading in prison, the creator of the world's greatest detective.

It is a timely look at the nature of racism in small town England.

Free parking is available for attendees of events at Derby College.

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