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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.

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Book

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2013

ISBN

9781250030320


Format: Book
Author: Mulley, Clare
Summary: Explores the life and career of one of Britain's most daring and highly decorated special agents, whose gathered intelligence and courage provided a significant contribution to the Allied war effort in World War II.
Title: The spy who loved : the secrets and lives of Christine Granville / Clare Mulley.
Publisher Date: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013.
Subject: Skarbek, Krystyna, 1908-1952. Women spies -- Great Britain -- Biography. Spies -- Great Britain -- Biography World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service -- Great Britain
Isbn: 9781250030320 (hbk.) 1250030323 (hbk.)
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Format: Book
Author: Mulley, Clare.
Summary: Explores the life and career of one of Britain's most daring and highly decorated special agents, whose gathered intelligence and courage provided a significant contribution to the Allied war effort in World War II.
Title: The spy who loved : the secrets and lives of Christine Granville / Clare Mulley.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013.
Description: xix, 426 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Subjects: Skarbek, Krystyna, 1908-1952.
Subjects: Women spies -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Subjects: Spies -- Great Britain -- Biography
Subjects: World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service -- Great Britain
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 398-411) and index.
Contents: Stories of trust and betrayal -- Borderlands -- Two weddings and a war -- Hungarian embraces -- Polish resistance -- A string of arrests -- Travels in an opel -- Cold in Cairo -- The beautiful spy -- Our woman in Algiers -- A French occupation -- The battle of Vercors -- Switching allegiances -- Operation liberté -- Mission impossible -- Second-class citizen -- Deep water -- Brutal end -- The afterlife of Christine Granville.
LCCN: 2013010210
ISBN: 9781250030320 (hbk.)
ISBN: 1250030323 (hbk.)
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Available Copies: 1
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Call Number: B Skarbek