The Disappearance of Lydia Harvey wins at the CWA

04 July 2022

We are proud to announce that The Disappearance of Lydia Harvey by Julia Laite has won the ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction at the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Awards. The CWA Daggers is the premier crime-writing awards in the UK, so we could not be more thrilled to see Julia’s incredible book take home the non-fiction crown.

Learn more about The Disappearance of Lydia Harvey below:


‘Brilliantly summons up one girl’s life, dreams and suffering. It’s ingenious history writing’ – Mail on Sunday

‘A gripping, unputdownable masterpiece’ – Hallie Rubenhold, author of The Five

‘Extraordinary’ – Guardian

‘Historical writing does not get any better than this’ – Matt Houlbrook, author of The Prince of Tricksters

1910, Wellington, New Zealand. Lydia Harvey is sixteen, working long hours for low pay, when a glamorous couple invite her to Buenos Aires. She accepts – and disappears.

1910, London, England. Amid a global panic about sex trafficking, detectives are tracking a ring of international criminals when they find a young woman on the streets of Soho who might be the key to cracking the whole case.

As more people are drawn into Lydia’s life and the trial at the Old Bailey, the world is being reshaped into a new, global era. Choices are being made – about who gets to cross borders, whose stories matter and what justice looks like – that will shape the next century. In this immersive account, historian Julia Laite traces Lydia Harvey through the fragments she left behind to build an extraordinary story of aspiration, exploitation and survival – and one woman trying to build a life among the forces of history.

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