Dr Leigh Straw is an academic, historian, and writer. She is a Senior Lecturer in Australian and Aboriginal Studies at the University of Notre Dame Fremantle.
Leigh's true crime biography of Sydney underworld figure, Kate Leigh, who also featured in the author's historical fiction book 'Sophia Lane', is out now.
Leigh is currently working on two new books. 'After the War: Returned Soldiers and the Mental and Physical Scars of World War 1' (UWA Publishing) looks at the experiences of men who returned from the war and had to readjust to civilian life. It is a story of life after the war for returned servicemen and their families. The book will be released in August 2017.
Leigh's other current work, 'Lillian Armfield', explores the life of Australia's first female detective in early twentieth century Sydney and is expected to be released in early 2018 with Hachette Australia.
Leigh is the author of the award-winning local history 'Drunks, Pests and Harlots: Criminal Women in Perth and Fremantle, 1900-1939' and the Fremantle based Claire Patterson crime fiction series.