The Spy Who Loved

The Spy Who Loved

The Secrets and Lives of Christine Granville

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The Untold Story of Britain's First Female Special Agent of World War II

In June 1952, a woman was murdered by an obsessed colleague in a hotel in the South Kensington district of London. Her name was Christine Granville. That she died young was perhaps unsurprising; that she had survived the Second World War was remarkable.

The daughter of a feckless Polish aristocrat and his wealthy Jewish wife, Granville would become one of Britain's most daring and highly decorated special agents. Having fled to Britain on the outbreak of war, she was recruited by the intelligence services and took on mission after mission. She skied over the hazardous High Tatras into occupied Poland, served in Egypt and North Africa, and was later parachuted behind enemy lines into France, where an agent's life expectancy was only six weeks. Her courage, quick wit, and determination won her release from arrest more than once, and saved the lives of several fellow officers--including one of her many lovers--just hours before their execution by the Gestapo. More importantly, the intelligence she gathered in her espionage was a significant contribution to the Allied war effort, and she was awarded the George Medal, the OBE, and the Croix de Guerre.


Granville exercised a mesmeric power on those who knew her. In The Spy Who Loved , acclaimed biographer Clare Mulley tells the extraordinary history of this charismatic, difficult, fearless, and altogether extraordinary woman.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781250030337
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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bryan1708
Dec 14, 2016

Interesting story and wanted to enjoy but just too detailed and had to slog through the minutia of infighting and distrust between political factions and different resistance groups. Could have used a good editor to hack down to the more intriguing details instead of what seemed to almost be a recap of each and every day of life during the war.

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badgirls
Apr 24, 2016

Amazing true story of brave spy in WW II, Christine Granville.
She was fearless and saved many lives while passing invaluable information onto to the English.
Why is she not famous?? Probably because she was a woman.
She makes the fictional exploits of James Bond and others pale in comparison.
She is the real thing-a hero!

AbigailCurious Sep 06, 2015

Absolutely magnificent.

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