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Lucy Sussex Lucy Sussex i(A30403 works by) (a.k.a. Lucy Jane Sussex)
Also writes as: Lucinda Brayford
Born: Established: 1957 Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island,
New Zealand,
Pacific Region,
Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1971
Heritage: New Zealander
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1 Cave Canem Lucy Sussex , 2022 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , September vol. 81 no. 3 2022; (p. 6-8)
'Nobody wanted to be quoted, unsurprising with a literary scandal. And this particular case proved unusually good. Australia has had Malley, Khoury, Demidenko ... and now John Hughes’ The Dogs.' (Introduction)
1 A Feminist, Imperialist Utopia: Sir Julius Vogel and Anno Domini 2000 Lucy Sussex , 2022 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , June vol. 81 no. 2 2022; (p. 176-182) Meanjin Online 2022;
'Utopias are neither as popular nor as frequent as their dark mirror, dystopias. Projecting from today into the future, using the thought experiment of extrapolation '(if this goes on...)' tends to produce more pessimism than optimism. That is hardly surprising in our perennially anxious times. Nor are vintage utopias palatable to a modern audience: they can contain racism, eugenics, or happily exterminate most of the biosphere (as in Joseph Fraser's 1889 'Melbourne and Mars: My Mysterious Life on Two Planets'). What can seem perfection then can read like tedious hell now. Additionally, utopias are not easy to write well, as polemical perfection lacks conflict, tension, the inherent interest of the devil's party. Some have endured, like Plato's Republic, but it is certainly less read than 'The Handmaid's Tale' or 1984.' (Publication abstract)
1 The Wild Colonial Girl Lucy Sussex , 2022 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 18 June 2022; (p. 15)

— Review of Rachel Jeff McGill , 2022 single work biography
1 Pandemics Past and Present Lucy Sussex , 2022 extract novel
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 79 no. 3 2022; (p. 69-72)
1 Going down Swinging Lucy Sussex , 2022 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 7 May 2022; (p. 15)

— Review of An Uncommon Hangman : The Life and Deaths of Robert ‘Nosey Bob’ Howard Rachel Franks , 2022 single work biography
1 David Duffy Nabbing Ned Kelly Lucy Sussex , 2022 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , April 2022;

— Review of Nabbing Ned Kelly : The Extraordinary True Story of the Men Who Brought Australia's Notorious Outlaw to Justice David Dufty , 2022 multi chapter work criticism
'David Dufty’s new book tells the story of the men who brought Ned Kelly to justice.'
1 Mistress Islet and the General’s Son Lucy Sussex , 2021 single work short story
— Appears in: The Only One in the World 2021;
1 SF in Dialogue : The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again David Grigg , Lucy Sussex , 2021 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Alien Review , August no. 2 2021; (p. 3-6)
1 The Hidden Diary Lucy Sussex , 2020 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 79 no. 3 2020;

'The photographs are tiny, still in their original envelope, never mounted in an album. They show the moment of departure for a traveller on the seas, as recorded by friends and family. Crossing hemispheres and great oceans was not so common in the early twentieth century, and depicted here is a rite of passage, a severing as sure as that of the flimsy paper streamers linking the travellers to shore, which would break as the ship left the quay. The photos track the farewell, the camera following the ship as it steams through the harbour, only ceasing when it vanishes from view.' (Introduction)

1 On Her Own Terms Lucy Sussex , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 28 March 2020; (p. 14)

— Review of Truganini : Journey through the Apocalypse Cassandra Pybus , 2020 single work biography

'White historian Cassandra Pybus has drawn on her direct links to Truganini, the symbol of indigenous extinction, to make a personal contribution to our conversation about colonial times, writes Lucy Sussex'

1 Australia in Three (Crime) Books Lucy Sussex , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 78 no. 4 2019; (p. 23-25)

— Review of Force and Fraud : A Tale of the Bush Arthur (Mrs.) Davitt , 1865 single work novel ; Beat Not the Bones Charlotte Jay , 1952 single work novel ; The Broken Shore Peter Temple , 2005 single work novel

'If Australia can be represented in three books, there can be little better a genre than crime fiction. European Australia originated as a penal colony, and crime and its representation have been an obsession ever since. It began with convict ballads, then true crime in newspapers, to the gradually developing form of the crime novel over the nineteenth century. Australia was a significant generic innovator here, with Fergus Hume’s 1886 The Mystery of a Hansom Cab being the first crime international blockbuster. Crime-writing in Australia has form, content, swaggering style—and some of the results are outstanding literature by any criteria.' (Introduction)

1 The Sin Room Lucy Sussex , 2019 single work short story
— Appears in: Griffith Review , August no. 65 2019;
1 The Inconvenient Visitors; Or, An Unrestful Cure Lucy Sussex , 2019 single work short story
— Appears in: War of the Worlds : Battleground Australia 2019; Oz Is Burning 2020;

'Residents of a hill-top guesthouse observe the first battle of the Martian invasion and the war machines, which easily dispatch the soldiers sent to battle them. But the tripods are unprepared for the dangers of The Australian bush.'

Source: Foreword.

1 Lady Brilliana Lucy Sussex , 2018 single work novella fantasy
— Appears in: Aurum : A Golden Anthology of Australian Fantasy 2018; (p. 105-138)
1 The End of the World As We Know It Lucy Sussex , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , September 2018;

'From Armageddon to Ragnarok and the Rapture, humans persist in imagining the end of the world. The religious term is eschatology, and the literary terms are many. Some are jocular (Disaster Porn), or precisely denote a sub-genre (Post-Apocalypse, Solarpunk). Climate change or Anthropocene fiction is the latest variant on the theme, and if we believe our scientists — and woe betide us if we do not — these may be the final words. The end of the world as we know it approacheth, and nobody is feeling fine. Even the denialists feel the heat of the sand around their heads.'  (Introduction)

1 The Story of the Remarkable Woman Lucy Sussex , 2017 single work short story
— Appears in: Sherlock Holmes : The Australian Casebook 2017; (p. 337-354)
1 Wife to Mr Lovecraft Lucy Sussex , 2017 single work short story
— Appears in: Cthulhu Deep Down Under : Volume 1 2017;
1 The Poet’s Better Half Lucy Sussex , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 22 April 2017; (p. 19)
'How to approach a biography subject who is a national icon, whose work is canonical? Since his death, Henry Lawson has been a bone of contention for various biographers. The most recent interesting approaches have been to consider other aspects of the story, as with Brian Matthews’s Louisa (1987), about Lawson’s gifted and formidable mother. In two new books, Lawson is considered as part of a dual biography.' (Introduction)
1 The Other Genres of Fergus Hume Lucy Sussex , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Aurealis , no. 101 2017;
1 An Anthropocene Tale and Its Writer Lucy Sussex , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , June 2017;

'‘I won’t live to see it, but you will!’

'If spoken now, these words might be addressed by a baby boomer to a millenial. In fact they were said to me some thirty years ago. The speaker was the Australian novelist and critic George Turner. He was a small, wiry, olive-skinned man, his eyes merry behind square bifocals. Despite the warning, his tone was light and ironic. There was nothing nasty about the remark, rather a commitment to telling the truth. For some novelists, the stance could seem unbearably pretentious, or self-aggrandising. For Turner it was neither. He was a kind man in person, and gentlemanly in his manners, although he could also be ferocious, particularly when attacked.' (Introduction)