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Author: Clare Mulley Narrator: Elizabeth Sastre Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9780735286382
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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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Churchill’s favorite spy, one of the most decorated female intelligence agents of WWII, and one of her era’s most liberated (and desired) women, Christine Granville was driven by a passion for liberty “in love, in politics, and in life in the widest sense.” Biographer Clare Mulley has a sensitive, elegant, and wry way with Granville’s story.”

    Amazon Book of The Month, June 2013

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About the Author

Clare Mulley is the award-winning author of nonfiction. The Woman Who Saved the Children: A Biography of Eglantyne Jebb won the London Daily Mail Biographers’ Club Prize. The Spy Who Loved: The Secrets and Lives of Christine Granville led to her being presented with Poland’s national “Bene Merito” honorary distinction in 2014. She is a contributor to The Arvon Book of Life Writing and is a seasoned public speaker. She has written for such publications as History Today and the Spectator.

About the Narrator

Elizabeth Sastre has narrated dozens of audiobooks, including Bed Rest by Sarah Bilston, Brick Lane by Monica Ali, and The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde, which was an AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year in 2004.