Clare Mulley is an award-winning author and broadcaster, primarily focused on female experience during the Second World War.
Books include The Woman Who Saved the Children about Eglantyne Jebb, founder of Save the Children; The Spy Who Loved on the remarkable life of Polish-born British special agent Krystyna Skarbekak aka Christine Granville; and The Women Who Flew for Hitler, which tells the story of Nazi Germany’s only two female test pilots, one of whom tried to save Hitler’s life, while the other tried to kill him. All three books are all under option, and have been widely translated. Her forthcoming book, Agent Zo: Woman on a Mission, will be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
Clare writes for various papers, reviews for the Spectator and TLS among others, and has twice been chair of the judges for the Historical Writers Association non-fiction prize. A regular on TV, radio and pods, she has contributed to BBC R4’s Today Programme, Woman’s Hour and PM, and guested on Times Radio. TV includes two series of the BBC’s Rise of the Nazis, Newsnight and Songs of Praise, as well as several series for Channel 5, More 4 and the Sky History channel.
A popular public speaker, Clare has given a TEDx talk at Stormont, and spoken at events at the Houses of Parliament, Royal Albert Hall, Imperial War Museum, National Army Museum and British Library, as well as lots of schools!
Clare and is a recipient of the Bene Merito cultural honour of the Republic of Poland, and the Daily Mail Biographers Club Prize.
The Women Who Flew for Hitler tells the story of Nazi Germany’s only female test pilots, one of whom tried to save Hitler, the other to kill him. Hanna Reitsch flew rocket planes and even a manned prototype cruise missile – the V1 flying bomb. A fanatical Nazi, in the last days of the war she tried to rescue Hitler from the bunker. Her nemesis, Melitta von Stauffenberg, engineer and test pilot for the Stuka dive bombers, was part Jewish. In July 1944 she supported the most famous plot to kill Hitler… Optioned for TV.
The Spy Who Loved brings to life Polish-born, part Jewish, Countess Krystyna Skarbek, aka Christine Granville, Britain’s first female special agent of the Second World War. In 1941, the vital intelligence Skarbek smuggled across borders prompted Churchill to call her his favourite spy. She later secured the defection of a strategic German garrison, and saved the lives of many of her male colleagues. The Spy Who Loved, for which Clare was decorated with Poland’s national honour, the Bene Merito, has been optioned for film.
The Woman Who Saved the Children Eglantyne Jebb was arrested in Trafalgar Square for campaigning to help the starving children of Britain’s former enemies. In 1919, few in London were sympathetic. Yet within weeks the audacious Jebb secured the first donation to her ‘Save the Children’ fund from the prosecutor at her trial. Never fond of individual children, ‘the little wretches’, Jebb was an unconventional woman, driven by passion and compassion. The Woman Who Saved the Children won the Daily Mail Biographers Club Prize, and all author royalties are donated to Save the Children. Under option.