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The Women Who Flew for Hitler tells the extraordinary story of the only two female test pilots who served Nazi Germany, yet who ended their lives on opposite sides of history. The first woman to fly a helicopter, Hannah 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. Hanna’s nemesis, Melitta von Stauffenberg, test pilot for the Stuka dive bombers that were 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…

The Spy Who Loved brings to life Polish-born 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 she smuggled across borders prompted Churchill to call her his favourite spy. She went on to make the first contact between the French resistance and Italian partisans, secured the defection on an entire 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 by Universal Studios.

The Woman Who Saved the Children -100 years ago, 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. Nevertheless 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.

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