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Crime fiction in the marketplace


Stinson, ES, Crime fiction in the marketplace, The Routledge Companion to Crime Fiction, Routledge, J Allan, J Gulddal, S King, and A Pepper (ed), New York, United States, pp. 39-47. ISBN 9780429453342 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4324/9780429453342


This chapter examines the international market for crime fiction within the context of the larger international book trade. It aims to survey the success of crime fiction in the largest national markets and considers key drivers of crime fiction sales. Any analysis of the international market for crime fiction requires an understanding of the broader worldwide market for books. A note of caution also needs to be sounded from the outset: Differences in population, urbanisation and literacy rates can dramatically affect national markets. The chapter examines the way that texts move within and across national markets through a case study of Jane Harper’s The Dry–a work that rose to prominence by winning an award for an unpublished manuscript in a secondary English-language market and subsequently became an international bestselling work that is adapted into a major motion picture. Crime fiction is subset of global fiction market, which is itself a subset of the broader global book trade.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Crime Fiction, Publishing, Australian Literature
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature)
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Literature
UTAS Author:Stinson, ES (Dr Emmett Stinson)
ID Code:149098
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:English
Deposited On:2022-03-08
Last Modified:2022-08-29

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