Mary Fortune

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Three Murder Mysteries

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Mary Fortune never signed her name to her fiction.  She was known as WW or Waif Wander.  She did her life under these pseudonyms.  She wrote and had published over five hundred crime stories all set in Australia.  In 1871 a collection of these were published with the title The Detective's Album.

This incredible writer has been largely forgotten and was unknown as a person until Lucy Sussex took up her cause and went in search of her life.

Special Interests: 
Victorian Goldfields
ISBN: 
9780980545586
Location: 
Australia
Publisher: 
Mulini Press
Year of Publication: 
2009
1867

The Fortunes of Mary Fortune

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Non-Fiction
Sub Genre: 
History

"To fall asleep and dream deams that change as quickly as the forms in an unsteady kaleidoscope, and to awaken with a bewildered feeling that you are not yourself but having changed places with some other identity, must be a sensation akin to that I experienced when I opened my eyes in the morning after my first sleep on the diggings."

Special Interests: 
Women's Crime Writing
History of Crime Writing
ISBN: 
0140123024
Location: 
Australia
Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
1989

Mary Fortune

Author Information
Fortune, Mary

About the Author

Mary Fortune (c. 1833-1910?) migrated from Canada to the Australian goldfields in 1855. She published her first detective stories in the Australian Journal in 1865, using the pseudonyms of 'Waif Wander' and 'W. W.'. In all, she wrote over 500 detective stories over 40 years, most featuring Detective Mark Sinclair. Her one book, The Detective's Album (1871), is the first known collection of detective fiction stories by a woman. She died an alcoholic, the date and place still unknown - somehow fitting for this pioneering woman of mystery.

THE FORTUNES OF MARY FORTUNE - Lucy Sussex (ed)

Author Information
Book Title: 
The Fortunes of Mary Fortune
Author's Home Country: 
Australia
ISBN: 
0140123024
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Location: 
Victorian Goldfields
Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
1989

THREE MURDER MYSTERIES - Mary Fortune

Author Information
Book Title: 
Three Murder Mysteries
Author Name: 
Author's Home Country: 
Australia
ISBN: 
9780980545586
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Sub Genre: 
Historical
Location: 
Victorian Goldfields
Publisher: 
Mulini Press
Year of Publication: 
2009

Currently Reading - Three Murder Mysteries, Mary Fortune

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One of the interesting sessions at the 2009 Crime & Justice Festival was Lucy Sussex presenting a talk on Mary Fortune.  Mary Fortune (c 1833-1909) was a pioneer Australian crime fiction author, and for too long she's been little known / little discussed.

That Was the Week (or so) that was #34 - Colonial Australian Crime Fiction

I've got a fascinating book here that I've been dipping in and out of for quite a while now (and some of the authors mentioned will come up again in my Wednesday Waffles), but it's called The Anthology of Colonial Australian Crime Fiction - written by Ken Gelder and Rachael Weaver.

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