Join Sara Wajid, Co-CEO of Birmingham Museums Trust as she spends time with Shrabani Basu, journalist and Sunday Time best selling author, discussing her newly published book: The Mystery of the Parsee Lawyer Arthur Conan Doyle, George Edalji and the Case of the Foreigner in the English Village.

In the book, Shrabani tells the story of Conan Doyle as detective and champion of justice. Set In the village of Great Wyrley near Birmingham, someone is mutilating horses. Someone is also sending threatening letters to the vicarage, where the vicar, Shahpur Edalji, is a Parsi convert to Christianity and the first Indian to have a parish in England. His son George - quiet, socially awkward and the only boy at school with distinctly Indian features - grows up into a successful barrister, till he is improbably linked to and then prosecuted for the above crimes in a case that left many convinced that justice hadn't been served.

Sara and Shrabani talk about the story’s eye-opening look at race and an unexpected friendship in the early days of the twentieth century, and the perils of being foreign in a country built on empire.

Sara and Shrabani will also talk about some of Sharabani’s other achievements and projects, and about British Asian culture and life in Birmingham.

About Shrabani Basu

Shrabani Basu is a journalist and Sunday Times best-selling author. In addition to the critically acclaimed Mystery of the Parsee Lawyer: Arthur Conan Doyle, George Edalji and the Case of the Foreigner in the English Village, other title include For King and Another Country: Indian Soldiers on the Western Front 1914-18, Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant (now a major motion picture,) Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan and Curry: The Story of the Nation’s Favourite Dish.

She was born in Calcutta and grew up in Dhaka, Kathmandu and Delhi. She graduated in History from St Stephen’s College, Delhi and completed her Masters from Delhi University. In 1983 she began her career as a trainee journalist in the bustling offices of The Times of India in Bombay. She moved to London in 1987. Over her long career she has done exclusive interviews with many eminent people including Benazir Bhutto, Sheikh Hasina, Salman Rushdie, Nirad C Chaudhuri and Viv Richards.

She has always combined her journalism with her love of history and all her books have evolved from her observations about the shared histories of India and Britain.

About Sara Wajid

Sara Wajid, is the joint CEO of Birmingham Museums Trust, the largest independent charitable trust of museums in the United Kingdom.

She was previously Head of Engagement at Museum of London working on the development of the new museum. Sara was a recipient of the Arts Council ‘Change Maker’ award to promote diverse arts leaders, and spent a year as Head of Interpretation at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Before working in museums she was a cultural commentator and journalist. She is a trustee of the Pitt Rivers Museum and the founder of Museum Detox network of BAME museum workers.


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