Fergus Hume & the Mystery of A Hansom Cab

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Fergus Hume was an aspiring playwright when he moved from Dunedin to Melbourne in 1885. He wrote The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1886) with the humble hope of bringing his name to the attention of theatre managers. The book sold out its first run almost instantly and it became a runaway word-of-mouth phenomenon - but its author sold the copyright for a mere fifty pounds, missing out on a potential fortune. Blockbuster! Is the engrossing story of a book that would help define the genre of crime fiction, and a portrait of a great city in full bloom.
Publisher: Melbourne, Australia : Text Publishing, 2015
ISBN: 9781922147943
Branch Call Number: 823.8 H882S 2015
Characteristics: 298 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm


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May 04, 2016

This a book about a book - 'The Mystery of a Hansom Cab' which, although being Australia's first international best seller, made little money for the author who was not able to replicate his success in the other two books of the trilogy or in his many other plays and writings. Read my full review here:


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