Lucy Sussex

Lucy Sussex

is a writer and researcher.


About Lucy Sussex

Lucy Sussex is a writer and researcher. Her latest book is Blockbuster: Fergus Hume and the Mystery of the Hansom Cab (2015), which won the History Publication award in the Victorian Community History Prizes.


Articles about Lucy Sussex

Articles by Lucy Sussex

Dyschronia by Jennifer Mills

The End of the World As We Know It

'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 Sea and the Summer by George Turner book cover

An Anthropocene Tale and its Writer: The Sea and Summer

Scarcely a week now goes by without a new fiction on the theme of climate change.  Such works have been termed cli-fi, a truly appalling neologism.  To write a full survey of the field is outside the scope of a single essay. Indeed, even to consider in depth the recent Australian examples alone, such as James Bradley’s 2015 Clade, or Jane Rawson’s 2013 A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists, this essay would need to be book-length. Rather I want to concentrate on The Sea and Summer and Turner himself, for the two are inextricable: the man grounded his writing in his life, even when depicting the future.

The Road to Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead

A Diva and Her Readers

‘Already a substantial Eliot arts industry exists, ranging from academe to television, and now appear yet more books on this fascinating Victorian subject, both acts of hommage. Two very different women, journalist Rebecca Mead and academic/novelist Patricia Duncker, united by their enthusiasm for Eliot’s writing, engage with the giantess of Victorian letters. They follow in a tradition of Eliot readers, whose involvement in the texts created a broad church of worshipping fandom, something apparent in her lifetime.’

Literary Lifeboats: Goodbye Sweetheart by Marion Halligan

Lucy Sussex reviews Goodbye Sweetheart by Marion Halligan

When the Night Comes by Favel Parrett

Antarctica starts here: When the Night Comes by Favel Parrett

When the Night Comes is a more modernist project than Past the Shallows. It focuses on the small but significant moments in life that pass almost unnoticed, even by the protagonists, yet have major consequences. Rather than regional Tasmania, the world of fishers, Hobart is the focus: its suburbs, Friends School, and particularly its harbour are deftly drawn.

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

Here be tygers: The Night Guest
by Fiona McFarlane

There is subterfuge, smuggling, in the writing of The Night Guest. It imports ‘genre’ techniques into the genre ‘literary’.

Madeleine: A Life of Madeleine St John by Helen Trinca

Keeping the darkness at bay: A Life of Madeleine St John

In 1997, the Booker Prize shortlist included a work by an Australian woman for the first time. Literary Australia was chuffed, but also surprised. Who was this Madeleine St John, published by Fourth Estate?