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Blockbuster! : Fergus Hume & the Mystery of a Hansom Cab (Paperback) (Lucy Sussex)
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"Absorbing, at times fascinating."Sydney Morning Herald
"Told with wit and lightly worn scholarship. . . . Sussex has written a fine, thoroughly engaging and multifaceted history."The Australian
"Sussex skillfully assembles the know 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
"Part literary criticism, part biography, part historyit succeeds admirably. It is well researched and well written, and evokes the literary scene in 1880s Melbourne in an informative yet entertaining way."Books + Publishing
Before Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, there was Fergus Hume's The Mystery of a Hansom Cabthe biggest and fastest-selling detective novel of the 1800s, and Australia's first literary blockbuster. The novel sold out its first run almost instantly and became a bestsellerbut Hume sold the copyright for a mere £50, missing out on a potential fortune.
Blockbuster! is the engrossing story of a book that would help define the genre of crime fiction. A must-read for fans of true crime, history and crime fiction alike.
Lucy Sussex's award-winning fiction includes books for younger readers and the novelThe Scarlet Rider.