A powerful memoir of trauma, recovery and the true cost of sexual violence, Lucia Osborne-Crowley’s I Choose Elena traces her path to healing more than a decade after being raped when she was a 15-year-old Olympic hopeful. Speaking with Lex Hirst, Lucia reflects on how she found solace in writers like Elena Ferrante, how trauma intersects with deeply held beliefs about the credibility of women, and how it is played out again and again in courtrooms, relationships and society at large.

Lucia Osborne-Crowley (Australian)

Lucia Osborne-Crowley

Lucia Osborne-Crowley is a writer and journalist. Her news reporting and literary work has appeared in Granta, The Sunday Times, HuffPost UK, Guardian UK, ABC News, Meanjin, The Lifted Brow and others. Lucia works as a staff reporter for Law360. I Choose Elena is her first book. She lives in London and is working on her second book, which will be published in 2020.

Lex Hirst (Australian)

Lex Hirst

Lex Hirst is the publisher at social-purpose publishing house Pantera Press. A former editor and festival director, she's always on the lookout for strong voices, great storytelling, big ideas and books that spark conversation, imagination and change.