Fergus Hume

Fergus Hume (1859–1932) was born in England and raised in New Zealand. He immigrated to Australia in 1885 and was working as a clerk in a Melbourne barrister’s office when he wrote The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1886). The bestselling crime novel of the nineteenth century, it served as inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.

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