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Lucy Sussex at the State Library of NSW

Before there was Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, there was Fergus Hume’s The Mystery of a Hansom Cab—the biggest- and fastest-selling detective novel of the 1800s, and Australia’s first literary blockbuster.

Lucy Sussex’s new book Blockbuster! Fergus Hume and the Hansom Cab for the first time tells the story of the author, his publisher, and the extraordinary story of how the book was financed, promoted, and achieved such success. Not least, it created the market for Conan Doyle and his Sherlock Holmes, helping consolidate the then new publishing category of detective fiction.

Meet Lucy and hear more about this fascinating story. 

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Lucy Sussex at the University of Sydney
Lucy Sussex

Before there was Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, there was Fergus Hume’s The Mystery of a Hansom Cab—the biggest- and fastest-selling detective novel of the 1800s, and Australia’s first literary blockbuster.

Lucy Sussex’s new book Blockbuster! Fergus Hume and the Hansom Cab for the first time tells the story of the author, his publisher, and the extraordinary story of how the book was financed, promoted, and achieved such success. Not least, it created the market for Conan Doyle and his Sherlock Holmes, helping consolidate the then new publishing category of detective fiction.

Meet Lucy and hear more about this fascinating story. 

Refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP by Friday 3rd of July: library.rsvp@sydney.edu.au

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Brenda Niall in Croydon

Croydon Library's Book Bites welcomes Brenda Niall to discuss her new work, Mannix

Daniel Mannix, Archbishop of Melbourne from 1917 until his death, aged ninety-nine, in 1963, was a towering figure in Melbourne’s Catholic community. But his political interventions had a profound effect on the wider Australian nation too.

Award-winning biographer Brenda Niall has made some unexpected discoveries in Irish and Australian archives which overturn some widely held views. She also draws on her own memories of meeting and interviewing Mannix to get to the essence of this man of contradictions, controversies and mystery.

Brenda Niall is one of Australia’s foremost biographers. She is the author of four award-winning biographies, including her acclaimed accounts of the Boyd family. Brenda has degrees from the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University and Monash University. She has held visiting fellowships at the University of Michigan, Yale University and the Australian National University. In 2004 she was awarded the Order of Australia for ‘services to Australian literature, as an academic, biographer and literary critic’. She frequently reviews for the Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Book Review.

Brenda will be appearing in conversation with Simon Caterson.

Bookings 9800 6448 or online

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Kate Grenville in Woollahra

Writers & Readers presents one of Australia’s most renowned writers, Kate Grenville, celebrating the life of her mother through a new work built from many fragments of memoir.

One Life is an act of great imaginative sympathy and a deeply moving homage to a truly inspiring woman. This intimate account of Nancy’s life echoes the lives of many of our mothers and grandmothers, for whom the spectacular shifts of the twentieth century offered a path to new freedoms and choices. 

Kate Grenville’s bestselling novel The Secret River received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize. Grenville’s other novels include Sarah ThornhillThe LieutenantLilian’s StoryDark Places and Joan Makes History.

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Mark Henshaw visits Griffith

Paperchain Bookstore hosts an evening with Mark Henshaw, author of The Snow Kimono.

Set in Paris and Japan, The Snow Kimono tells the stories of Inspector Jovert, former Professor of Law Tadashi Omura, and his one-time friend the writer Katsuo Ikeda. All three men have lied to themselves, and to each other. And these lies are about to catch up with them in this intricate psychological thriller.

Mark Henshaw’s first novel, Out of the Line of Fire (1988), won the FAW Barbara Ramsden Award and the NBC New Writers Award. It was one of the biggest selling Australian literary novels of the decade. 

To RSVP please call 6295 6723 or email info@paperchainbookstore.com.au

Kate Grenville in Bathurst

BooksPlus invite you to meet Kate Grenville as she discusses her new book, One Life: My Mother's Story.

When Kate Grenville's mother Nance died, she left behind many fragments of memoir. These were the starting point for One Life, the story of a woman whose life spanned a century of tumult and change. In many ways her story echoes that of many mothers and grandmothers, for whom the spectacular shifts of the twentieth century offered a path to new freedoms and choices. In other ways Nance was exceptional. In an era where women were expected to have no ambitions beyond the domestic, she ran successful businesses as a registered pharmacist, laid bricks for the family home, and discovered her husband's secret life as a revolutionary.

Kate Grenville’s bestselling novel The Secret River received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize. Grenville’s other novels include Sarah ThornhillThe LieutenantLilian’s StoryDark Places and Joan Makes History.

Bookings essential, please call (02) 6331 5994 or email admin@booksplus.com.au.

Kate Grenville visits Orange City Library
Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville is visiting Orange City Library to talk about her latest book One Life: My Mother’s Story.

Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. Her bestselling novel The Secret River received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize. Grenville’s other novels include Sarah Thornhill, The Lieutenant, Lilian’s Story, Dark Places and Joan Makes History

Light refreshments provided or bring your lunch to eat while listening to the talk.

This is a free event. Bookings  can be made at the library on 6393 8132.

The books will be available for sale at the Library.

Anne Buist visits Sunnybank Hills Library

Sunnybank Hills Library welcomes Anne Buist to discuss her new novel, Medea's Curse: Natalie King, Forensic Psychiatrist.

In Medea's Curse, forensic psychiatrist Natalie King works with victims and perpetrators of violent crime. Women with a history of abuse, mainly. She rides a Ducati a size too big and wears a tank top a size too small. Likes men but doesn’t want to keep one. And really needs to stay on her medication.

After receiving new information about an old case she still has regrets about, Natalie finds she is being stalked. Will she be able to unravel this case in time and keep her career intact?

A dark, sexy and gripping psychological thriller, Medea's Curse is about the devastating crimes perpetrated by women against their own children.

Anne Buist is the Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and has over 25 years clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry. She works with Protective Services and the legal system in cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder. Medea’s Curse is her first mainstream psychological thriller.

Professor Buist is married to novelist Graeme Simsion and has two children.

To RSVP please call (07) 3407 0571

Peter Singer visits the University of Western Australia

Peter Singer, often described as the world’s most influential living philosopher, presents a challenging new movement in the search for an ethical life, one that has emerged from his own work on some of the world’s most pressing problems. 

His challenging new book,  The Most Good You Can Dohas the power to change the way people think about how they live. Peter Singer presents a challenging new movement called ‘Effective Altruism’ in the search for an ethical life.

In this special Perth event, Professor Singer will give a talk at UWA's Octagon Theatre, which will be followed by a Q&A with Professor Carmen Lawrence, Director of the UWA Centre for the Study of Social Change. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute of Advanced Studies, The UWA Centre for the Study of Social Change, and Live on Stage Australia. 

A percentage of proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Oxfam Australia, The Fred Hollows Foundation and The Life You Can Save.

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Anne Buist visits Chermside Library

Chermside Library welcomes Anne Buist to discuss her new novel, Medea's Curse: Natalie King, Forensic Psychiatrist.

In Medea's Curse, forensic psychiatrist Natalie King works with victims and perpetrators of violent crime. Women with a history of abuse, mainly. She rides a Ducati a size too big and wears a tank top a size too small. Likes men but doesn’t want to keep one. And really needs to stay on her medication.

After receiving new information about an old case she still has regrets about, Natalie finds she is being stalked. Will she be able to unravel this case in time and keep her career intact?

A dark, sexy and gripping psychological thriller, Medea's Curse is about the devastating crimes perpetrated by women against their own children.

Anne Buist is the Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and has over 25 years clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry. She works with Protective Services and the legal system in cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder. Medea’s Curse is her first mainstream psychological thriller.

Professor Buist is married to novelist Graeme Simsion and has two children.


To RSVP please call (07) 3403 7200