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Leigh Straw is Arts Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Notre Dame in Perth. She's passionate about Australian history and enjoys sharing compelling Australian stories with up to 500 students every year. Her interest in Australian crime history developed from when she lived in the Darlinghurst and Surry Hills areas of Sydney.  Over the last ten years she's written both fiction and popular non-fiction work. The Worst Woman in Sydney, about Kate Leigh, was published in 2016 by NewSouth. It was shortlisted for an ABIA. Lillian Armfield: Australia's first woman detective  was published by Hachette in 2018.

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