Clare Mulley is an award-winning author and broadcaster, with a new book, Agent Zo, recently commissioned by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
Clare’s first book, The Woman Who Saved the Children, won the Daily Mail Biographers’ Club Prize, and The Spy Who Loved led to Clare being decorated with Poland’s cultural honour, the Bene Merito. Clare’s third book, The Women Who Flew for Hitler, was long-listed for the Historical Writers Association Non-Fiction Crown. All are under option. She reviews for the Spectator.
TV includes contributions to series such as the BBC’s Rise of the Nazis, C5’s Secret History of WW2 and Adolf & Eva, Love & War, and More 4’s David Jason’s Secret Service. Other recent appearances include Newsnight, Sky News, BBC World News and Songs of Praise. Radio ranges from BBC R4’s Today Programme, Woman’s Hour and PM, to Times Radio with Mariella Frostrup. A popular public speaker, Clare has given a TEDx talk at Stormont, spoken at the Houses of Parliament, Royal Albert Hall, Imperial War Museum, National Army Museum asnd British Library.
The Women Who Flew for Hitler tells the extraordinary true story of the only two women to serve Nazi Germany as test pilots, yet ended their lives on opposite sides of the war, and of history. The first woman to fly a helicopter, Hanna Reitsch later tested rocket planes and even a manned version of a prototype cruise missile – the V1 flying bomb or doodlebug. A fanatical Nazi, in the last days of the war she tried to save Hitler. Her nemesis, Melitta von Stauffenberg, test pilot for the Stuka dive bombers synonymous with the Blitzkrieg, was part Jewish. In July 1944 she secretly supported the most famous attempt on Hitler’s life, yet despite arrest her story did not end there… Optioned for TV.
The Spy Who Loved brings to life Polish-born, part Jewish, Countess Krystyna Skarbek, aka Christine Granville, Britain’s first and longest serving female special agent of the Second World War. In 1941, the vital intelligence Christine smuggled across borders prompted Churchill to call her his favourite spy. She went on to secure the defection on an entire German garrison, and save 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 children of Britain’s former enemies. In 1919, few in London were sympathetic to her cause. Yet within weeks the audacious Jebb secured the first donation to her ‘Save the Children’ fund from the public prosecutor at her trial. Never fond of individual children, ‘the little wretches’ as she once called them, Jebb was an unconventional woman, driven by passion, compassion and a pioneering humanitarianism. The Woman Who Saved the Children won the Daily Mail Biographers Club Prize, and all author royalties are donated to Save the Children. Now under option.