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Book Title: Crime Time: Australians Behaving Badly|
The author of the book: Sue Bursztynski
ISBN 13: 9781876462765
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.67 MB
Edition: Ford Street Press
Date of issue: September 15th 2009
Read full description of the books Crime Time: Australians Behaving Badly:Ford Street Publishing, March, 2009: ISBN 9781876462765 With an Introduction by Kerry Greenwood and artwork by Louise Prout, and subtitled Australians Behaving Badly, this is a collection of true Australian crime stories aimed at boys from eleven to lower/middle teen years. The book offers an overview of some of the worst moments of criminal activity in Australia from the 1600s, through bushrangers Ned Kelly and Mad Dan Morgan to serial killers, fraudsters and modern celebrity criminals. Louise Prout’s portraits add to the enjoyment of the narrative, as does the interesting trivia contained in the Did You Know boxes.
But what has this got to do with speculative fiction?
Sue Bursztynski is an SF writer and fan of long standing, and many readers of crime fiction are also speculative readers. The two genres have common denominators: characters, powerful villains and a truth that is stranger than fiction. As Kerry Greenwood writes in the introduction: “everyone, whether it be reluctantly or eagerly, is fascinated by wicked misdeeds and illegal acts.” The preoccupation with all things criminal is surely revealed in the fact that people visit crime scenes, wanting to live the experience; taking photos, hoping to catch a whiff of death.
Within this book, readers will find wicked misdeeds and illegal acts to satisfy their craving for the more bizarre and extreme of human natures. From the Batavia Incident in the 17th century, to Lola Montez’s infamous spider dance at the Victorian goldfields, to Martin Bryant of Port Arthur, to the Truro murders and James Miller, to the bodies in the bank vault in Snowtown. Drug murders to hit men, to cold blooded psychopathic killers, a taste of the bizarre, the disgusting and darkly humorous, to tantalise the younger reader without going into graphic detail. Perhaps the most entertaining criminal escapade is the woman who hires a helicopter to bust her lover out of jail: the two were eventually caught, but not until they had garnered an almost heroic status among many Australians.
Sue Bursztynski handles the descriptions sympathetically with humour and clarity and no doubt will have readers enthralled.
Bursztynski wrote fiction and non-fiction for small press science fiction magazines before she won the Mary Grant Bruce Award for children’s literature and realised that what she enjoyed most was writing for young people. She is now the author of nine books, one of which, Potions to Pulsars: Women doing science, was a Notable Book in the Children’s Book Council Awards, while Starwalkers: Explorers of the Unknown was nominated for the NSW Premier’s History Award.
Louise Prout, the artist, has published over 28 children’s books and is currently illustrating the new Quentaris series. In 1993-94 she produced a best-selling dartboard calendar, Tall Poppy Target.
Sue Bursztynski’s blog can be found at http://greatraven.blogspot.com/ .
Read information about the authorSue Bursztynski grew up in Melbourne’s beachside suburbs, where she still lives. As a child, she used to sit on the beach to write, but later learned to write anywhere she could sit down with a pen and paper. She was thrilled to get her first computer, which meant she could make changes without having to re-write or re-type the whole story. She was even more thrilled when the Internet came along and made research much easier. Sue sold her first book, MONSTERS AND CREATURES OF THE NIGHT, in 1993 and has sold many more books, short stories and articles since then. Her book POTIONS TO PULSARS: WOMEN DOING SCIENCE was a CBCA Notable Book. More recently, her novel WOLFBORN also scored CBCA Notable Book status. Sue works in a school in Melbourne's western suburbs, where she tests out her writing on the students. She reviews children's and young adult books for JANUARY MAGAZINE and reads story submissions for ANDROMEDA SPACEWAYS INFLIGHT MAGAZINE. When not writing, Sue enjoys reading, music, blogging, great movies and handcraft. She also loves history, but has no problem fiddling with it for her fantasy fiction.
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