Spy story a focus at Victoria Point library

AUTHOR TALK: The true Australian spy story With My Little Eye will be discussed at Victoria Point library on March 19

AUTHOR TALK: The true Australian spy story With My Little Eye will be discussed at Victoria Point library on March 19

Author Sandra Hogan will give a rare account of the family life of a spy when she visits the Victoria Point library on March 19 to speak about the true story With My Little Eye.

There will be two sessions, one from 10.30am to 11.30am then, from 2pm to 3pm.

The book tells the story of the Dudley and Joan Doherty who actively engaged their three children in ASIO activities. Until now these activities have not been revealed, but the book reveals the trauma and unusual situation these children found themselves in.

Hogan will be appearing at the library with Sue-Ellen, the eldest daughter of the Doherty family, who speaks candidly on behalf of her siblings about their life.

This saw them attending political rallies, watching houses owned by communist sympathisers, and insinuated themselves into the UFO Society. In 1956 the Doherty family went on a beach holiday with Vladimir and Evdokia Petrov, the famous Soviet defectors, who were hiding from Soviet assassins.

The book also deals with the trauma of keeping secrets and remaining discrete and unnoticed.

The book includes some photographs of the family from those days.

Books will be on sale at the talk for $29.99. The book is published by Allen and Unwin.

The event will be followed by a chance to meet Tracy and Les Stanley from 2pm to 3pm on March 26 at the Cleveland library. The pair will discuss their new book, Soft Nut Bike Tour of Burma, a trip taken from Brisbane to Burma via Bangkok.

Bookings are essential with limited numbers available and a mandatory COVID-19 register. Book on redland.qld.gov.au/info/20157/libraries/308/whats_on_at_your_library.aspx?trumbaEmbed=search%3Dauthor%20talk&