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What is your favourite time period in Australian History? Inter-War Australia (post-WWI and pre-WWII)

What inspired you to write about Lillian Armfield? A desire to know more about underworld Sydney from the perspective of the first woman to investigate it.  

The best part of writing about Lillian Armfield was … discovering just how much work Lillian crammed into her career as Australia’s first female detective. Her list of investigations, some of them undercover, is quite impressive. 

In three words Lillian Armfield was … tough, resilient, intelligent.

When I’m not writing I … am teaching history at university, listening to old Sinatra vinyl, or running after my three little boys. 

  • Lillian Armfield - Leigh Straw

    The fascinating and unknown story of Australia's first female detective - and a gripping and colourful account of Sydney crime in the 1920s to 1940s.

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