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LEIGH STRAW’S CRIME MADAM BOOK LAUNCH AT ORIENT

Posted in book, crime, fremantle, reading, western australia, writing by freoview on August 2, 2016

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Fremantle author and Notre Dame University lecturer Leigh Straw is launching her latest book at the Orient Hotel today at 6.30. The Worst Woman in Sydney: The life and crimes of Kate Leigh is a fascinating book about one of Sydney’s leading crime figures in the 1900s.

Kate Leigh was only 155 cm tall but a larger than life figure feared by many. Sydney newspapers would write about her often as she was involved in prostitution, drugs, sly grog etc. Hence she was considered by police as the worst woman in Sydney.

There is also a Fremantle connection in the Kate Leigh story as she married Fremantle criminal Shiner Ryan in 1950, but because neither of them were willing to move to another state the marriage only lasted six months.

Come and listen to Leigh Straw tonight when she tells more about her book. I hope her crime fiction books will also be available at the event organised by New Edition bookshop as one of them plays out in Fremantle with murders all over the West End.

Roel Loopers

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  1. freoview said, on August 3, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Read the book till 3 am last night and will finish it on Friday. Fascinating history!

    Roel

  2. Leigh Straw said, on August 3, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Thanks Roel and lovely to see you there last night.


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