In 2007, while working at a local women’s refuge, lawyer Rebecca Hazel struck up a friendship with one of her colleagues whose name was Joanne Curtis. One day, while chatting over coffee, Jo told Rebecca about her past: about a missing woman, a husband who got away with everything, and a vulnerable schoolgirl at the centre of it all.
Lynette Dawson disappeared from Sydney’s Northern Beaches on 9 January 1982 and has not been heard from since. For eighteen months before she vanished, her husband Chris had been in a sexual relationship with his teenage student, Jo Curtis. Just days after Lynette went missing, Jo moved into the Dawson family home to live with Chris and his two young children. Later, they got married. Then, after almost ten years, Jo left him, taking only the little girl they had together.
'The schoolgirl, her teacher and his wife' is a meticulous and compelling account of one of Sydney’s most puzzling cold cases, brilliantly reconstructed from court transcripts and interviews with key players, including Lynette’s friends and family, policeman Damian Loone, who has been investigating her disappearance for nearly twenty years, and crucially, Joanne Curtis herself.
The author talk is followed by question time and the opportunity for book signing.
There is seating for 100 people and standing room is available.
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