The Spy Who Loved

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The Spy Who Loved tells the story of Krystyna Skarbek, aka Christine Granville, the first woman to serve Britain as a special agent in the Second World War. Skarbek smuggled microfilm across borders that had the potential to change the course of the conflict, secured the defection of an entire German garrison, and saved the lives of many of her male colleagues. Winston Churchill called her his favourite spy, and Ian Fleming’s ‘Vesper Lynd’ was inspired by her.

Publication of The Spy Who Loved led to Clare being decorated with Poland’s national honour, the Bene Merito.

‘This summer’s most spellbinding saga’, Vogue.com

‘Admirable and overdue’, Ben MacintyreThe New York Times Book Review

‘Highly atmospheric… scholarly and tautly written’, The Economist 

‘Scintillating and moving… one of the most exciting books… this year’, The Spectator

‘Compulsively readable biography… a thrilling book’, Sunday Telegraph

‘Woven with rare perception… a text of suspense and daring’, The Times

‘Told with terrific élan and mesmerising detail… splendid’, Telegraph

‘Brings alive a glamorous, swashbuckling heroine’, Sunday Times

‘As thrilling as any fiction… Clare Mulley has made a fine and soberly thrilling addition to the literature of the undercover war… this book, massively researched and excitingly told, brings an extraordinary heroine back to life’, Daily Mail

‘Engrossing biography… as thrilling as any fiction’, Mail on Sunday

Krystyna Skarbek’s Bust Unveiled at Ognisko

‘Inspiring… Granville was as charismatic as she was courageous’, The Literary Review

‘Ripping yarns and ripping stockings… romance was one thing, but it was danger that really seemed to ring Christine’s bell’, The Guardian

‘One British functionary described [Granville’s] dispatches from the field as “good reading”. The same can be said of Ms Mulley’s biography of this extraordinary woman.’ The Wall Street Journal

‘Scrupulously researched and expertly rendered… outstanding… more eye-popping adventures than we’d find plausible in any novel or movie’, The Daily Beast

‘Better than any James Bond novel.. the most frank and comprehensive tribute yet to Christine… a thrilling account’, Salon.com

‘A nerve-shredding read’, The Lady

‘Clare Mulley tells her story with a bravura that matches Christine’s charismatic character’, Saga Magazine

‘Sterling biography… Christine Granville has finally received a fitting tribute’, Country Life

‘Riveting… a gripping story… Hollywood should sit up and take note!’ The Good Book Guide

‘Breathtaking… This book demands to be read in her honour’, The Daily Mail (paperback review)

‘A compelling read and a testimony to the work of a dedicated opponent of Nazism. I highly recommend it’, BBC History Magazine

‘Mulley has a novelist’s eye for detail… in this clear, highly satisfying biography, Mulley fleshes out her subject and brings her back to life’, The Jewish Chronicle

‘A dazzling tale’, MacLean’s (Canada) 

‘Mulley tells her story with brio… just the job for anyone who loved Ben Macintyre’s Agent ZigZag‘, Voyager (BMI)

‘A stunning biographical achievement’, Alison Weir

‘A breath-taking story told with panache and sympathy for an extraordinary heroine’, Anne SebbaThat Woman: the life of Wallace Simpson

‘Truly page-turning’, Gordon ThomasGideon’s Spies

‘Impressively researched, and absolutely fascinating. Christine Granville is one of those women you can’t help wishing you’d met in real life’,  Jojo MoyesMe Before You

‘I enjoyed and admired The Spy Who Loved… a really gripping account of the remarkable Christine Granville’, Simon MawerThe Glass Room, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

‘An astonishing story, brilliantly told. If a Hollywood movie isn’t made about Christine Granville’s remarkable life, I’d be amazed’, Charles CummingForeign Country, The Trinity Six

‘Best Beach Reads 2013’, Vanity Fair

Five Best: Paddy Hayes, The Wall Street Journal

‘A Best Book of the Month So Far, June 2013’, ‘A Favourite Book of Spring, 2013’, and ‘A Best Book of the Year So Far, 2013’, Amazon.com 

La Spia Che Amava (21 Lettres, 2020), Italian translation of The Spy Who Loved:

‘Clare Mulley, award-winning writer, arrives in Italy with her first, passionate, intriguing, compelling, convincing and engaging book… impeccable and essential,’ Convenzionali

‘Compelling and lively… this book makes a powerful impact,’ Aostra Cronaca

‘Brilliant… compelling… exciting’, Solo Libri

‘At times the telling becomes urgent and readers are absolutely mesmerised… The writing is fast and sharp, while still elegant and refined…’ Il Manifesto

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