Clare Mulley is an award-winning author and broadcaster. Her forthcoming book, Agent Zo: Woman on a Mission, will be published 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 writes broadly and reviews for the Spectator and Times Literary Supplement.
TV includes contributions to the BBC’s Rise of the Nazis, Channel 5’s Monte: Our WW2 Hero, Dunkirk: Mission Impossible, The Great Escape, Secret History of WW2, and Adolf & Eva, Love & War, and More 4’s David Jason’s Secret Service. She had also been a guest on Newsnight, Songs of Praise and several national new services. 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, and spoken at the Houses of Parliament, Royal Albert Hall, Imperial War Museum, National Army Museum and British Library.
The Women Who Flew for Hitler tells the story of the only two women to serve Nazi Germany as test pilots, yet ended their lives on opposite sides of history. 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 save Hitler’s life. Her nemesis, Melitta von Stauffenberg, test pilot for the Stuka dive bombers, was part Jewish. In July 1944 she supported the most 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 she smuggled across borders prompted Churchill to call her his favourite spy. She later secured the defection of a 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.