The Crime Writers’ Association

ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-fiction 2022


Julia Laite

The Disappearance of Lydia Harvey: A true story of sex, crime and the meaning of justice

Published by: Profile Books

Absorbing and ultimately poignant account of the short life of a New Zealand woman trafficked as part of the burgeoning sex trade at the start of the twentieth century. Laite highlights the moral panic over ‘white slavery’ and shows how the men and women involved could be victims as well as opportunists, while bringing to life a handful of ordinary yet distinctly drawn individuals.

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