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The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

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Fergus Hume

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab was the best-selling crime novel of the nineteenth century. It was an overnight sensation when published in Melbourne in 1886, and rapidly found readers around the world, especially in Britain. The book became a huge international success and was translated into eleven languages. The novel’s fame has endured until well into this century. In 1954 The Sunday Times listed it as one of the 100 best crime novels of all time, and six years later Everyman’s Dictionary of Literary Biography declared that The Hansom Cab ranks as the most successful detective story of all time .A wonderful depiction of a bustling yet uneasy city, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab has a central place in Australian literary history. Although of course much changed, Melbourne itself continues to be the place Hume knew. Hansom Cab is also a key text in crime fiction’s formative years. Apart from minor corrections to spelling and punctuation, this edition reproduces the text of the original edition printed in 1886.

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Fergus Hume
About the Author

Fergus Hume was born in England in 1859. He grew up in New Zealand, where he became a lawyer. In 1885 he emigrated to Melbourne, the city in which he wrote and set The Mystery of a Hansom Cab. In 1888 he settled in England and embarked on a literary career which produced over 130 novels. He died in 1932.

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Extent:
432pp
Format:
Paperback
Text publication date:
26 April 2012
First published:
1886
Region:
VIC
ISBN:
9781921922220
AU Price:
$12.95
NZ Price:
$15.99
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