Daughter of the Razor: an Australian true crime story

718mntsuyolMaria Tinschert was recently a Living Book speaker at our libraries, sharing her story of growing up as the daughter of a woman connected to Sydney’s infamous Razor Gang. We’re therefore excited to let you know that Maria’s story has now been published as her first book, and we have copies to borrow.

Before the age of 11, Maria was introduced to the world of prostitution by her mother, who was in the sisterhood of Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine. The events that she witnessed and the life she led would have remained untold had Maria not been the victim of another violent crime in later life. That experience would lead her to break the code of silence and tell her story.

Now 84 and living in our region, Maria is an inspiring survivor who works every day of the year as a volunteer community counsellor helping others.

“Daughter of the razor is a shocking story in itself – but it is an even greater story of survival. It is it is powerful and moving and tells of the triumph of the human spirit of a little girl in her rise out of depravity, sadism and debauchery. It is a story which has been an incredible lifetime in the making.” – Ralph James, Solicitor/Accredited Specialist – Criminal Law

The book is also available for book clubs to borrow as a book club kit. You can watch a video of Maria’s Living Book event at Elanora Library here. If you run a book club, Maria is also open to talking to your group – please contact 07 5581 7285 for more information.

The book is available to buy from Amazon.