Before there has been Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, there has been Fergus Hume’s The secret of a Hansom Cab—the largest, and fastest-selling, detective novel of the 1800s, and Australia’s first literary blockbuster.
Fergus Hume used to be an aspiring playwright whilst he moved from Dunedin to Melbourne in 1885. He wrote The secret of a Hansom Cab with the standard wish of bringing his identify to the eye of theatre managers. The publication bought out its first run virtually immediately and it grew to become a runaway word-of-mouth phenomenon—but its writer offered the copyright for an insignificant fifty kilos, lacking out on a possible fortune.
Blockbuster! is the engrossing tale of a booklet that may aid outline the style of crime fiction, and a portrait of a superb urban in complete bloom. conscientiously researched and whole of arresting element, this beautiful booklet is a must-read for all lovers of precise crime, heritage and crime fiction alike.
Lucy Sussex used to be born in New Zealand. She has edited 4 anthologies, together with She’s Fantastical, shortlisted for the realm myth Award. Her award-winning fiction contains books for more youthful readers and the radical The Scarlet Rider. Lucy has 5 short-story collections, together with My girl Tongue, A travel advisor in Utopia, Absolute Uncertainty and Matilda informed Such Dreadful Lies. Lucy Sussex's newest publication is Blockbuster! Fergus Hume and The secret of a Hansom Cab. She lives in Melbourne.
‘[Sussex] offers a wealthy photograph of Victorian lifestyles and a revealing account of overdue 19th-century publishing practices…Fascinating.’ Publishers Weekly
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‘Sussex skillfully assembles the identified information regarding a really deepest guy and his occasions, and divulges a Victorian international whose machinations and mysteries are equivalent to these of his most renowned fiction.’ Stuff NZ
‘A very attention-grabbing whodunit a couple of whodunit.’ North and South
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