Congratulations to Lucy Sussex for winning the History Publication Award of the Victorian Community History Awards for her new book Blockbuster, Fergus Hume and the Mystery of the Hansom Cab. Her book explores the history surrounding the world’s first true best-selling crime novel which was written and published here in Australia in the late 1800s. I have just interviewed Lucy about Blockbuster, and the award is well deserved.
Lucy’s book is a fascinating read that explores the people, the intrigues and the growing pains of the Australasian region at the turn of the twentieth century, and the tumultuous birth of the mystery novel as we know it today. It’s a damn good read and you will look at Melbourne though fresh eyes, which ironically will tint Melbourne with colourful shades of the past.
Read a short Q&A with Lucy Sussex here
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An interview with Wendy C. Fries
Hello there friends, readers, and erm… others. Are you—like so many clever special and all round interesting people—a fan of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and all manner of mystery, mayhem and adventure?
Of course you are.
Now, dear reader, friend… er… thing, please allow me to introduce you, if you’ve not heard about it already (tut-tut), to a massive, three volume anthology of brand spanking new Sherlock Holmes stories.
Oh yes. Oh yes indeed.
The Kickstarter campaign for MX Publishing’s ambitious project reached its initial goal within 48 hours and, with under three weeks to go, is well on the way to achieving its stretch goal. The proceeds from this anthology will be used for the restoration of Arthur Conan Doyle’s (ACD) home Undershaw. Once in danger of being destroyed, it has now been saved from developers and was bought by Stepping Stones—a school for children with learning difficulties.