Lucy Sussex was born in New Zealand. She works across genres, with particular interests in women’s lives, crime and Victoriana.
Her award-winning fiction includes the novel, The Scarlet Rider (Forge, 1996, to be reprinted 2014). Her latest project is ‘Victorian Blockbuster: Fergus Hume and The Mystery of a Hansom Cab’ (forthcoming).
She lectures in English at La Trobe University, Bundoora.
The sin room
FictionWhen they left, carrying Will on a stretcher, I closed the shop for the day. My thoughts were all a swirl, and the most important was that Will would be all right, despite concussion and a broken jaw – and the source of the blood, a shallow flesh wound in his back. I saw it when an ambo pulled up Will’s black shirt tail and thought: that’s not road trauma. I know a knife wound when I see it.
Told in the bush
Essay'THAT'S A GENUINELY rare book you have there,' said the second-hand book dealer. 'I've never seen it before.''It came from my mother's side of the family,' I replied. 'She kept her children's books.'The object in question is genuinely unprepossessing....