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

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

by Clare Mulley
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The Spy Who Loved: The Secrets and Lives of Christine Granville by Clare Mulley

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250030320
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/11/2013
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

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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The Spy Who Loved: The Secrets and Lives of Christine Granville 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Christine Granville is a woman one will greatly admire for her courage, adeptness to any situation and big heart. This book encouraged me to fight on when I was in a situation that required a lot of courage. Christine's bravery was an example to me how one woman can do all she can and more in the face of live and death situations. A great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the fascinating story of Britain's first female special agent in World War II. It is a story of pursuing greatness despite many obstacles. She went on to become one of her country's most highly decorated agents.
pinzi More than 1 year ago
Well written biography of the not so tidy life of a WWII spy who happened to be a woman. Brings to life Krystyna Skarbek and the world in which she lived.
LaEckley More than 1 year ago
Clare Mulley takes us into the battle front and identifies the key players that helped Christine Granville provide vital information to help the Allies win WW II. Fearless, agile, and incredibly charming. Christine lived an incredible life. Clare eloquently describes it with a vernacular and zest that takes you into the war and has you fall in love with Christine. Christine was truly a spy who loved. A must summer read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A heroine of WWII, ignored post war and historically overlooked perhaps for being a woman doing a man's job and certainly because the USA and the other Allies turned their backs on Poland. A great, entertaining, informative read.
joaninoregon 12 months ago
Christine Granville is a heroine in a variety of ways and Clare Mulley has written a brilliant book that is well researched, well written and keeps you engaged until the last page. I will purchase any book she writes. An excellent writer who doesn't disappoint. Bravo!!!
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