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

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

byClare Mulley

Kobo ebook | June 11, 2013

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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.

Title:The Spy Who Loved: The Secrets and Lives of Christine GranvilleFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 11, 2013Publisher:St. Martin's Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250030331

ISBN - 13:9781250030337


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spy Who Loved Title should have been "... Who Lived". Amazing exploits. Wish I could have met her. Great writing and storytelling!!
Date published: 2014-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The spy who loved Fabulous book ,gives a fantastic over view of ww ii as well as telling the story of one of the most fascinating woman ever
Date published: 2013-07-08