By Nina Boyd

The first biography of a unique pioneering woman—a police officer, fascist, suffragette, and spy

Mary Allen first got here to notoriety as a thrice-gaoled, window-smashing suffragette. whilst WSPU actions ceased in 1914, Allen pioneered the 1st girl police strength, recruiting and coaching countless numbers of ladies. even if venerated with an OBE for her policing paintings in the course of global battle I, she used to be quickly infuriating the institution via touring the area in her unauthorized uniform. compelled clear of policing within the interwar interval, Mary attempted her hand at changing into an acclaimed writer, working for Parliament, and countering the IRA hazard. while her head was once grew to become via a gathering with Hitler, she turned leader Women's Officer of the British Union of Fascists. at the eve of worldwide War II Mary narrowly escaped internment, regardless of suspicions of spying, mystery flights to Germany, and Nazi salutes. even if cherished via unswerving associates, Mary’s willfulness tarnished her acceptance and has, earlier, overshadowed her outstanding existence and achievements. this can be her story.

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