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The Spy Who Loved | [Clare Mulley]

The Spy Who Loved

In June 1952, a woman was murdered by an obsessive colleague in a hotel in South Kensington. Her name was Christine Granville. That she died young was perhaps unsurprising, but that she had survived the Second World War was remarkable. She was one of Britain’s most daring and highly decorated secret agents, and the intelligence she gathered was a significant contribution to the Allied war effort.
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Publisher's Summary

In June 1952, a woman was murdered by an obsessive colleague in a hotel in South Kensington. Her name was Christine Granville. That she died young was perhaps unsurprising, but that she had survived the Second World War was remarkable. She was one of Britain’s most daring and highly decorated secret agents, and the intelligence she gathered was a significant contribution to the Allied war effort.

©2012 Clare Mulley (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Engrossing…as thrilling as any fiction" (Mail on Sunday)

"Compulsively readable... Clare Mulley…has written a thrilling book, and paid overdue homage to a difficult woman who seized life with both hands" (Sunday Telegraph)

"A stunning biographical achievement." (Alison Weir)

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    "Remarkable woman, remarkable life"

    Christine Granville was a fascinating and captivating woman (at least to the men who knew her), but her outstanding characteristics were patriotism, courage, and determination. Her courage was amazing: some of her exploits had me on the edge of my seat and she narrowly escaped with her life several times, as well as saving the lives of many others. She attracted the loyalty of the men to whom she was close both in her private life and undercover work (with much overlap between the two), so much so that much of her story remained hidden until Clare Mulley conducted the painstaking research which forms the basis of this book. The Spy who Loved is interesting from the beginning to the sad end and, as well as detailing Christine's extraordinary life, it presents a lot of information about Poland, undercover operations, relationships during wartime, sexism in that era, and what happened to secret agents after the war. Maggie Mash is a very competent reader and does a fine job with this book.

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  • Andrea
    Stratford Upon Avon, United Kingdom
    2/8/14
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    "Fascinating life story"
    Where does The Spy Who Loved rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was fascinated by the story and all the events of this amazing womans life. I also learnt so much about Poland that I had not realised before. I think the style might be harder work to read than to listen to but I was so interested in all the details, maybe partly because I have Polish family.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Spy Who Loved?

    The occasions where she faced down dangerous situations so calmly.


    Have you listened to any of Maggie Mash’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, but I though it was very well read


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The horrors of war are always hard to listen to, so there are some very disturbing passages.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Vivien
    Cookham, United Kingdom
    5/27/14
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    "A story about amazing courage."

    This is an account of the extraordinary exploits of a Polish aristocrat who spied for Britain during WWII. She was beautiful and clever, and possessed nerves of steel and amazing courage. We should put up statues to such people who risked their lives in terrifying times, yet this woman was treated with far less than the adulation she deserved at the end of the war. As a Brit I was ashamed to discover how the "Establishment" dropped her like a hot potato once their need for her was over. I am sure a man would never have been so poorly treated, yet this brave lady's story was unknown to me before listening to this well-researched book. Excellent reading and never to be forgotten true story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • iris
    Paris, France
    4/27/14
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    "Marred by the narration"

    This tells the story of a Polish born woman with a Jewish mother finds herself entangled in dangerous courrier work during the Second World War and it also recounts her somewhat chaotic love life. The story is interesting in itself and when the narrator contents herself to read the biography in her normal voice it is an enjoyable listen and she reads well. Unfortunately she finds it necessary to 'enliven' the direct quotes from various sources with a number of grating imitations of Polish, French and other accents which are very inaccurate and her impersonations of gruff male voices are extremely irritating to say the least. Whenever she attempts to characterise the female lead she also uses a sort of high pitched whine which makes listening unbearable.
    I think narrators should retain a neutral tone when reading biographies. Had this narrator done so the book would have been a five star rating for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    6/28/14
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    "Could have been much more entertaining"
    Would you try another book written by Clare Mulley or narrated by Maggie Mash?

    No. I found this book rather dull. I know it is a fact based story, but I feel it could have been made more interesting.


    Has The Spy Who Loved put you off other books in this genre?

    Not at all. What these women did through the war holds a huge fascination.


    What didn’t you like about Maggie Mash’s performance?

    I found her tone a bit aggressive.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I learnt something of the history of Poland, stuff you don't tend to hear much of.


    Any additional comments?

    A string of facts collected together in an uninteresting way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Madeline
    York, United Kingdom
    6/4/14
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    "Disappointing"

    I'm afraid I gave up on this and didn't finish. I got about a quarter of the way through. I couldn't tell if it was flat reading or flat writing but it just became tedious and I didn't care what she did next. It ought to have been an exciting tale given the life she lead, but it wasn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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