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Neil McCaw has worked at the University of Winchester since 1997. He was appointed Professor in Victorian Literature & Culture in 2014 and delivered his Inaugural Lecture in March 2016 (find out more).

His research specialisms, on which he has published widely, include all aspects of Victorian culture, especially George Eliot (the subject of his PhD thesis), crime and detective fiction (in particular Sherlock Holmes), adaptation theory, theories of reading and writing, and creative writing pedagogy. He has been Academic Director of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, the largest collection of its kind in the world, since 2005, and was the author of two award-winning and international museum exhibitions on the subject of Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes. He is also Commissioning Editor for Winchester University Press.

Beyond the University, Neil has variously been a consultant with UK local government, a play and youth leader, and a policy document developer and advisor.

Higher Education Teaching Qualification

Higher Education Academy Fellowship (FHEA).

Areas of expertise

  • Crime and detective fiction
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Victorian literature and culture
  • Creative writing pedagogy


Selected publications

  • 'Morse, Frost and the Mystery of the English Working Class', in Class and Culture in Crime Fiction (ed. Julie R Kim), (McFarland, 2014)
  • How to read texts (2nd edition), Bloomsbury (2013)
  • ‘Beyond Gender and Sexuality: the Serial Killers of Val McDermid’ in Murdering Miss Marple: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Crime Fiction, Julie Kim (ed) (McFarland, 2012)
  • 'Sherlock Holmes and a Politics of Adaptation' in Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle: Multi-Media Afterlives, edited by Catherine Wynne and Sabine Vanacker (Palgrave, 2012)
  • ‘Close Reading, Writing and Culture,’ New Writing, 8(1) March 2011
  • Adapting Detective Fiction: Crime, Englishness and the TV Detectives (Continuum, 2010)
  • ‘Introduction’ to The Complete Works of Arthur Conan Doyle (CSP, 2009)
  • How to Read Texts (Continuum, 2008)
  • A Study in Sherlock; Uncovering the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection (ACD Press, 2007)
  • Writing Irishness in Nineteenth-Century British Culture (Ashgate, 2004)
  • George Eliot and Victorian Historiography (Macmillan, 2000)
  • ‘Voicing Rebellion in Victorian Fiction: Towards a Textual Commemoration,’ in Laurence M Geary (ed.) Rebellion & Remembrance in Modern Ireland (Cork University Press, 2008)
  • ‘Crabs (and stories) walking sideways: life beyond the death of the story’ in Maggie Butt (ed.), Story: the Heart of the Matter (Greenwood, 2007)
  • ‘Toward a Literary Historiography in Gaskell and Eliot’ in Lynette Felber (ed.), Clio’s Daughters: Victorian Women Making History (University of Delaware, 2007)
  • ‘Those Other Villagers: Policing Englishness in Caroline Graham’s The Killings at Badger’s Drift’ in Julie H. Kim (ed.) Race and Religion in the Post-Colonial British Detective Story (McFarland, 2005) 


  • 'An Introduction to the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection' (France, 2008 / Japan, 2009 / Germany, 2010)
  • 'A Study in Sherlock' (Portsmouth City Museum, 2008 -)
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