A TALE by one of the country’s best-known authors, written for one of the most famous dolls’ houses in the world, is being published in a 38.5x30mm book.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson tale in the early 20th century as one of 200 tiny books by leading authors of the time to feature in the library of The Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House – one of the most famous dolls’ houses in the world - now on display at Windsor Castle.

The hand-written book is being published next month thanks to a partnership between Walker Books and the Royal Collection Trust.

Oliver Urquhart Irvine, librarian at the Royal Collection Trust, said, “Sherlock Holmes is a world-renowned literary figure and an enduring character, who remains as popular today as in the Victorian society that Conan Doyle characterised.

“I am delighted that for the first time this Sherlock Holmes tale will be available in the exact format that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle produced nearly 100 years ago.” The book, called How Watson Learned The Trick, is written over 24 pages and sees Watson trying his hand at the art of deduction and attempting to emulate Holmes’ famous logical reasoning.

The Dolls’ House was created in 1922 for Queen Mary, consort to King George V, by the renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. It is a perfect replica of an aristocratic Edwardian residence at a scale of 1:12 and includes electricity, running water and functioning lifts.

The book will be on sale for £12.99 from October 2.