SHOP NOW—free delivery anywhere in Australia

Member Loginmenu
Your basket is empty
Lucy Sussex at The Wheeler Centre
Lucy Sussex

Lucy Sussex on the Australian Genesis of Crime Fiction.

Before Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, there was Fergus Hume’s The Mystery of a Hansom Cab. Published in Melbourne in 1886, it sold out almost instantly—and its offering of a ‘startling and realistic story of Melbourne social life’ became a runaway phenomenon at home and abroad.

Yet Hume—an aspiring playwright who wrote the novel hoping to attract the attention of theatre managers—sold the book’s copyright for a pittance, missing out on a potential fortune.

Author Lucy Sussex shares the engrossing tale of Hume and The Mystery of a Hansom Cab—equally colourful portraits of Melbourne’s blossoming cultural life in the late 1800s, as presented in her rigorously researched book Blockbuster!.

More information and bookings
right