Australian Literature

Australian Crime Fiction

Another popular genre in Australia is crime fiction. Australians read crime fiction to be entertained, yes, but also to be reassured that criminals will be brought to justice. Crime fiction in Australia is an integral part of the literary landscape, perhaps inspired by the convict history linked with the inception of the colony in 1788. 1830 saw the publication of Quintus Servinton by Henry Savery, and since then crime novels in Australia have explored crimes committed from colonial times to the present day.