Episode 14: The Misfortunes of Melbourne


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  • Follow-up (00:08)
  • Listening to our own episodes (00:25)
  • Getting our facts wrong (00:54)
  • Perry’s views on diversity in the SF field (03:09)
  • Do the awards truly indicate quality? (00:43)
  • Other awards in the field (01:16)
  • Interview with Dr. Lucy Sussex (46:32)
    • Discovering Mary Fortune (01:49)
    • Ellen Davitt (00:12)
    • Force and Fraud‘ – Australia’s first murder mystery (01:37)
    • Mary Fortune’s reputation (00:51)
    • Anticipates the police procedural (00:22)
    • Police looked down on (01:32)
    • French writer Émile Gaboriau (00:47)
    • Australian interest in true crime (01:04)
    • Wilkie Collins and ‘The Moonstone‘ (00:56)
    • Fascination with Australian settings (00:38)
    • Mary Braddon (01:03)
    • Ellen Wood (01:08)
    • Marcus Clarke and ‘His Natural Life‘ (01:27)
    • The Mystery of a Hansom Cab‘ (00:29)
    • Blockbuster‘ (00:13)
    • Fergus Hume (00:27)
    • Melbourne the centre of theatre (01:07)
    • Nailed colonial Victoria (01:31)
    • Unusual structure of the novel (01:21)
    • Victoria’s Chinese detective (00:26)
    • Concept of The Great Detective (01:53)
    • Crime novels as commentary on society (00:34)
    • Marvellous Melbourne – only for some (00:20)
    • ‘Blockbuster’ story of a publishing phenomenon (00:52)
    • Frederick Trischler (01:05)
    • Print run of 5,000 (00:52)
    • Hume sells copyright for £50 (01:25)
    • Kicks off interest in crime fiction (00:50)
    • Interest in Australia (01:15)
    • Pirated in the United States (00:49)
    • Literature a dicey business (00:17)
    • Theatrical versions (00:53)
    • Hume goes to England (01:05)
    • Was Hume gay? (01:19)
    • Oscar Wilde (00:50)
    • Blackmail? (04:48)
    • Theosophy (01:05)
    • Spiritualism – Doyle, Houdini (00:42)
    • Hume’s connections in England (00:58)
    • Haddon Chambers (00:41)
    • Lucy’s further research (01:17)
    • Anne Perry (01:35)
    • Further research (00:50)
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    Image: based on the cover of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume.