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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,
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New Zealand,
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Pacific Region,
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Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1971
Heritage: New Zealander
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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;

'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)

1 Angelito Lucy Sussex , 2017 single work short story horror
— Appears in: The Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2015 2017;
1 Shades of Grey in a Rich Japanese Fantasy Lucy Sussex , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2-3 April 2016; (p. 24) The Saturday Age , 2-3 April 2016; (p. 24)

— Review of Emperor of the Eight Islands Lian Hearn , 2016 single work novel
1 Comic Book's Plot a Clever Conspiracy Lucy Sussex , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 14 February 2016; (p. 17)

— Review of The Diemenois : Being the Correct and True Account of the Sensational Escape, Seclusion, and Cruel Demise of a Most Infamous Man J.W. Clennett , 2015 single work graphic novel
1 Batgirl in Borneo Lucy Sussex , 2016 single work short story
— Appears in: And Then … The Great Big Book of Awesome Adventure Tales : Volume 1 2016;
1 Miss Sibyl-Cassandra Lucy Sussex , 2015 single work short story fantasy horror
— Appears in: The Doll Collection 2015; (p. 283-294)
1 Real-world Truths Exposed in Fantasy Lucy Sussex , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 9 August 2015; (p. 17)

— Review of Locust Girl : A Lovesong Merlinda Bobis , 2015 single work novel
1 Literary Lifeboats Lucy Sussex , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , June 2015;

— Review of Goodbye Sweetheart Marion Halligan , 2015 single work novel
1 8 y separately published work icon Blockbuster! : Fergus Hume and the Mystery of a Hansom Cab Lucy Sussex , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2015 8540074 2015 single work biography

'Before there was Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, there was Fergus Hume’s The Mystery of a Hansom Cab—the biggest- and fastest-selling detective novel of the 1800s, and Australia’s first literary blockbuster.

'Fergus Hume was an aspiring playwright when he moved from Dunedin to Melbourne in 1885. He wrote The Mystery of a Hansom Cab 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. Rigorously researched and full of arresting detail, this captivating book is a must-read for all fans of true crime, history and crime fiction alike.' (Publication summary)

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