Dudley and Joan Doherty worked for ASIO during the Cold War and they raised their children to help with espionage work. The three children—Mark, Sue-Ellen, and Amanda—were taught to memorise number plates and faces, to follow people, and not to trust anyone.

It was a strange way to grow up. The children had to notice everything, ask no questions, and forget every odd thing they reported to their parents. They got very good at forgetting. When they sat down together as adults to talk about their childhood, they were shocked at how many explosive details they could remember.

With My Little Eye is published by Allen & Unwin and it will be released in February 2021. I hope you find it as fascinating to read as I did to write it.

Sandra Hogan

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