The Lasting Harm: Witnessing the Trial of Ghislaine Maxwell

By Lucia Osborne-Crowley

The explosive account of the trial of the century

‘Powerful, vivid and affecting. A compassionate account of the consequences of crime’ DAVID NICHOLLS

‘Urgent, necessary and courageous’ ELIZABETH DAY

‘The definitive voice on the Epstein horror.’ OWEN JONES

‘I understand – and sympathise with – the feeling you might have that you already know the Jeffrey Epstein story. But I am not here to tell you a story about Jeffrey Epstein, or even Ghislaine Maxwell. I am here to tell you the stories of ten women, many of whom have never spoken at length before, about the real impact of sexual trauma on their lives.’

In November 2021, Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted of five counts of sex-trafficking of minors, and now faces 55 years in prison for the role she played in Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of four girls. The trial was meticulously covered by journalist and legal reporter Lucia Osborne-Crowley, one of only four reporters allowed into the courtroom every day.

The Lasting Harm is her account of that trial, a gripping true crime drama and a blistering critique of a criminal justice system ill-equipped to deliver justice for abuse survivors, no matter the outcome.

Centring the stories of four women and their testimonies, and supplemented by extra material to which Osborne-Crowley has exclusive access, The Lasting Harm brings this incendiary trial to life, questions our age-old appetite for crime and punishment and offers a new blueprint for meaningful reparative justice.

Format: ebook
Release Date: 04 Jul 2024
Pages: None
ISBN: 978-0-00-859120-5
Lucia Osborne-Crowley is a trained lawyer, legal reporter and journalist and the author of two books, I Choose Elena (2019) and My Body Keeps Your Secrets (2021), winner of a Somerset Maugham Award. Her forensic but accessible reporting of the Maxwell trial was described as some of the best and most trauma-informed coverage of the case, and it saw her social media following grow by over 35,000 followers. She has appeared as an expert journalist on the Maxwell and Prince Andrew cases on BBC News, Sky News, LBC News and BBC Radio among others. Her analysis appeared in print in The Independent and ABC news. Elsewhere, her news reporting has appeared in the Guardian, The Sunday Times and GQ Magazine and her literary writing has been published in Granta and Meanjin.

'Powerful, vivid and affecting. A thoughtful, responsible, compassionate account of the consequences of crime' David Nicholls, author of One Day -

'Urgent, necessary and courageous' Elizabeth Day, author of How To Fail -

'The definitive voice on the Epstein horror' Owen Jones -

”'Osborne-Crowley writes from the unique position of legal expertise and lived experience of her subject. This makes her a compassionate authority. She is helping the world to understand the legacy of the trauma that comes with abuse of power” - Vicky Spratt, author of Tenants

‘Osborne-Crowley a tenacious and empathetic chronicler of the world who provides a voice for those who have been silenced' Rebecca Watson, author of Little Scratch -

'We don't need another book about rich men. The book we need is this one: centering the stories of vulnerable teenage girls and how they were used up and thrown away by those rich men' Jolyon Maugham, Director of the Good Law Project -

'Lucia Osborne-Crowley’s vital work is driven integrity, a desire to bear witness, a dedication to the stories, experiences and truths of those who so often go unheard and unheeded' Kieran Goddard, author of I See Buildings Fall Like Lightning -

'Lucia Osborne-Crowley has a deep commitment to telling survivor stories - and telling them well. Lucia is a courageous silence-breaker: she broke the silence by sharing her own story and now devotes her skills to help others tell theirs. We need more journalists like her' Jennifer Robinson, award-winning barrister -