Blockbuster! Fergus Hume And The Mystery Of A Hansom Cab

Blockbuster! Fergus Hume And The Mystery Of A Hansom Cab

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Fergus Hume was an aspiring playwright when he moved from Dunedin to Melbourne in 1885. He wrote The Mystery of a Hansom Cab with the humble hope of bringing his name to the attention of theatre managers. The book sold out its first run almost instantly and it became a runaway word-of-mouth phenomenon-but its author sold the copyright for a mere fifty pounds, missing out on a potential fortune.

Blockbuster! is the engrossing story of a book that would help define the genre of crime fiction, and a portrait of a great city in full bloom. Rigorously researched and full of arresting detail, this captivating book is a must-read for all fans of true crime, history and crime fiction alike.

Winner, Victorian Community History Awards, History Publication Award, 2015
Longlisted, Davitt Awards, Best Non-Fiction Book, 2016
Shortlisted, Ngaio Marsh Award for Non-fiction, New Zealand, 2017
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Product details

  • Paperback | 310 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 25.4mm | 435g
  • The Text Publishing Company
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • 192214794X
  • 9781922147943
  • 769,398

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`Blockbuster! makes for highly enjoyable and informative reading.' * Washington Post * `[Sussex] provides a rich picture of Victorian life and a revealing account of late 19th-century publishing practices...Fascinating.' * Publishers Weekly * 'For those interested in the minutiae of Marvellous Melbourne, the intricacies of the theatre and publishing world and the rogues and characters who played there, this is a great read.' * Glen Eira Historical Society * `Blockbuster! is almost too much to take in. It's a wealth of well- researched information, but readable and informative just the same. The book is equipped with bibliography, end notes, epitaphs and reviews, enough to keep the curious occupied for hours.' * Otago Daily Times * 'A very interesting whodunit about a whodunit.' * North and South * `Sussex skillfully assembles the known information about a very private man and his times, and reveals a Victorian world whose machinations and mysteries are equal to those of his most famous fiction.' * Stuff NZ * `This is a fine book about a novel that defined the burgeoning genre of crime fiction, full of wit, important discoveries and fascinating insights - like its subject, a real page-turner.' * Wormwoodiana * 'The book is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of crime fiction or Australian literature, but is highly recommended even if you're not: Sussex is a superb story-teller and leavens this fascinating account with dry wit. It deserves to be a blockbuster.' * Tara Sharp * `Told with wit and lightly worn scholarship...Sussex has written a fine, thoroughly engaging and multifaceted history. Generously, she has shared her fun with the rest of us.' * Australian * `An absorbing, at times fascinating companion to The Mystery of a Hansom Cab.' * Age *
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About Lucy Sussex

Lucy Sussex was born in New Zealand. She has edited four anthologies, including She's Fantastical, shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award. Her award-winning fiction includes books for younger readers and the novel The Scarlet Rider. Lucy has five short-story collections, including My Lady Tongue, A Tour Guide in Utopia, Absolute Uncertainty and Matilda Told Such Dreadful Lies.

Lucy Sussex's latest book is Blockbuster! Fergus Hume and The Mystery of a Hansom Cab. She lives in Melbourne.
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Rating details

38 ratings
3.95 out of 5 stars
5 32% (12)
4 39% (15)
3 24% (9)
2 3% (1)
1 3% (1)
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