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“You live with someone for two years and then . . . they simply don’t exist.”

Over 40 years, two British police units acted undercover to infiltrate activist groups. At least 20 of those officers deliberately targeted women and entered relationships with them. One of those women was me. This is my story.

Men wrote the police files. They wrote the scripts and the headlines. Men wrote the court orders to make us anonymous and they will sit in judgement at the coming public inquiry. In a system that doesn’t see women, you have to fight to be heard. When they take your identity, you have to find your voice.

Learning the truth nearly destroyed me – but an accidental activist was born.

A voice at the centre of the Spy Cops scandal. The great love story of Donna McLean’s life wasn’t just built on lies, it was one. With an inquiry underway, Small Town Girl is a reclamation of a truth that was ruthlessly buried.

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