The latest addition to the website is my review of Australian author Mary Fortune's short story, The Dead Witness; or, the Bush Waterhole.
The Dead Witness; or, the Bush Waterhole is a detective story, arguably the first written by a woman anywhere in the world, certainly the first written by an Australian woman. While it suffers from being a rather poor detective story, Fortune succeeds in celebrating the beauty and difference of the Australian flora and fauna. Her descriptive writing in this area, a first for the nation's literature, is truly remarkable. Here, in Fortune's writing and this story in particular, it could be argued that Australia found its first proud writer.
You can read the review here.
The Dead Witness; or, the Bush Waterhole by Mary Fortune is a short story from from The Penguin Best Australian Stories, edited by Mary Lord.
Other titles from The Penguin Best Australian Stories include:
---1859: Lang, John George - The Ghost Upon the Rail