Leigh Straw’s The Worst Woman in Sydney: The Life and Crimes of Kate Leigh (NewSouth Books) is the first biography of legendary Kate Leigh, famed brothel madam, sly grog seller and drug dealer. Leigh tells the full story of how this wayward Reformatory girl from Dubbo made a fortune in eastern Sydney and defied the gender stereotyping of the time to become a leading underworld figure.
Leigh will be chatting to Wendy Harmer, ABC 702 Mornings, at 10am tomorrow morning (1 July). Sydney-siders have a number opportunities to see Leigh talk about the book during July. See the events calendar for July.