Spy Who Loved by Clare Mulley

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There's no shortage of exploding-cigar stuff here. Microfilm gets sewn into the lining of Christine's gloves or embedded in blocks of shaving soap.
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Called a "tautly written account of secret operations in occupied Europe," (The Economist), this is the untold story of Britain's first female special agent of World War II
In June 1952, a woman was murdered by an obsessive colleague in a hotel in the South Kensington district of London. Her name was Christine Granville. That she died young was perhaps unsurprising, but that she had survived the Second World War was remarkable.

The daughter of a feckless Polish aristocratic and his wealthy Jewish wife, she would become one of Britain's most daring and highly decorated special agents. Having fled to Britain on the outbreak of war, she was recruited by the intelligence services and took on mission after mission. She skied over the hazardous High Tatras into Poland, served in Egypt and North Africa, and was later parachuted into Occupied France, where an agent's life expectancy was only six weeks. Her courage, quick wit, and determination won her release from arrest more than once, and saved the lives of several fellow officers, including one of her many lovers, just hours before their execution by the Gestapo. More importantly, the intelligence she gathered was a significant contribution to the Allied war effort, and she was awarded the George Medal, the OBE and the Croix de Guerre.

Granville exercised a mesmeric power on those who knew her.  The Spy Who Loved tells the extraordinary story of this charismatic, difficult, fearless, and altogether extraordinary woman.
 

About Clare Mulley

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CLARE MULLEY is the author of The Woman Who Saved the Children: A Biography of Eglantyne Jebb, which won the Daily Mail Biographers’ Club Prize.
 
Published June 11, 2013 by St. Martin's Press. 447 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Travel, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Ben Macintyre on Jul 19 2013

Mulley...makes excellent use of newly released archive material, the voluminous secondary sources and interviews with former colleagues, friends and lovers.

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Reviewed by Sam Leith on Aug 03 2012

There's no shortage of exploding-cigar stuff here. Microfilm gets sewn into the lining of Christine's gloves or embedded in blocks of shaving soap.

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Reviewed by Mark Yost on Jul 05 2013

In addition to telling us Granville's story, Ms. Mulley reminds us of the intelligence work that took place in Poland...where the population "lived in constant fear of arrest, torture, transportation and extermination."

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