Victoria Harris wins history book prize

Selling Sex book cover

Junior Research Fellow Dr Victoria Harris has been awarded the Women's History Network Book Prize for her first book, Selling Sex in the Reich: Prostitutes in German Society, 1914-1945 (OUP: 2010). The prize is awarded for an author’s first book that makes a significant contribution to women’s or gender history, and is written in an accessible style.

Selling Sex in the Reich is about the experiences of German prostitutes in the first half of the twentieth century, and discusses the women's backgrounds, attitudes, and reasons for entering the trade.

But the book also considers broader themes, such as German society's response to prostitution at the time, and what that response can teach us about sexuality and ethics.

It was also highly commended for the Longman-History Today Book of the Year Awards 2010, and has been well received by reviewers.

Ulrike Zitzlsperger in Times Higher Education called the book 'eye-opening and thought-provoking', and Julia Sneeringer in German History says, 'This book should be read by everyone with an interest in modern German social history, gender and women's history, the history of sexuality, and even labour and urban history.'

Buying the book from King's College Library's Amazon store will help raise funds for the Library, at no extra cost to yourself. The book is listed under 'European history'.

2 August 2011