'On July 5, 1920 Harry Crawford was arrested and charged with the murder of his wife Annie Birkett, whose body had been found off Mowbray Road in Lane Cove, Sydney.
'But Harry was not, in fact, Harry. He was Eugenia Falleni, a woman who had lived as a man in Australia for 22 years.
'In Eugenia, renowned barrister and Crown Prosecutor Mark Tedeschi explores the story of one of the most extraordinary criminal trials in Australia's legal history.
'Capturing what life was really like in Eugenia's times, Tedeschi reveals how the full weight of the law and public opinion came crashing down on her, branding her a complete outcast and a serious menace to the moral fabric of society.
'From escaping her misunderstood childhood to her transition to living as a man, her marriages and her eventual trial for murder, this is the gritty and truly gripping story of one of Australia's most misunderstood accused persons. (Publisher's blurb)
I dedicate this book to the memory of my oldest friend, the late Dorothy Porter (1954-2008), one of Australia's finest writers, whose premature death cheated Australia of so much literature that she still had within her; and to the other members of the Porter family: Chester, Jean, Mary and Josephine.