The Spy Who Loved

The Spy Who Loved : The Secrets and Lives of Christine Granville

By (author) Clare Mulley


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"The Untold Story of Britain's First Female Special Agent of World War II" In June 1952, a woman was murdered by an obsessed colleague in a hotel in the South Kensington district of London. Her name was Christine Granville. That she died young was perhaps unsurprising; that she had survived the Second World War was remarkable. The daughter of a feckless Polish aristocrat and his wealthy Jewish wife, Granville 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 occupied Poland, served in Egypt and North Africa, and was later parachuted behind enemy lines into 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 in her espionage 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. In "The Spy Who Loved"," " acclaimed biographer Clare Mulley tells the extraordinary history of this charismatic, difficult, fearless, and altogether extraordinary woman.

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  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 165.1 x 241.3 x 40.64mm | 680.38g
  • 11 Jun 2013
  • St. Martin's Press
  • English
  • New.
  • 1250030323
  • 9781250030320
  • 630,338

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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. She is a contributor to "The Arvon Book of Life Writing" and is a seasoned public speaker. She has written for "History Today," "The Express, "and "The Church Times."

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"This summer's most spellbinding saga of espionage and adventure." --"""Admirable and overdue." --Ben Macintyre, "The New York Times Book Review""Oustanding.... While a few books about Christine have emerged in the intervening decades, only now, with the publication of Clare Mulley's scrupulously researched and expertly rendered biography, do we have a multi-dimensional, uncensored, impartial portrait of the legendary spy--said to be Churchill's favorite--whose 44-year existence was filled with more eye-popping adventures than we'd find plausible in any novel or movie." --"The""Daily Beast""Well-written and thoroughly researched... One British functionary described [Granville's] dispatches from the field as 'good reading.' The same can be said of Ms. Mulley's biography of this extraordinary woman." --"Wall Street Journal""A stunning biographical achievement." -- Alison Weir, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Innocent Traitor" and "The Lady Elizabeth""Better than any James Bond novel... The most frank and comprehensive tribute yet to Christine... A thrilling account." --"Salon""""Excellent.... A romping adventure of international espionage, grand plots and sex, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.... [a] well-researched portrayal, a fascinating and riveting account of an exceptional spy's exceptional life.... An exemplary feminist biography, which, without ever slipping into didacticism, takes its subject, her desires and her choices seriously." --"Haaretz""A dazzling tale." --"Maclean's""Mulley gives a remarkable, charismatic woman her due in this tantalizing biography." --"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)"This is a breath-taking story, told with panache and sympathy for an extraordinary heroine. Mulley vividly brings to life not only a resourceful and unusual woman but in doing so helps us understand what makes an ordinary person act with superhuman courage in times of adversity. "The Spy Who Loved" is r

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