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Christine

A Search for Christine Granville

By Madeleine Masson

  • Paperback
  • £10.99

The remarkable life story of Christine Granville - Churchill's 'favourite spy' and one of the most successful women agents of the Second World War

Christine Granville, G.M., O.B.E. and Croix de Guerre, one of the most successful women agents of the Second World War and said to have been Churchill's 'favourite spy', was murdered, aged 37, in a London Hotel in 1952. Her actions as a British secret agent in Poland, Hungary and France were legendary even in her lifetime and she repeatedly risked her life to undertake dangerous missions. Her exploits began after the fall of Poland when she became a British agent; organising the escape of British prisoners-of-war, Polish pilots and refugees and returning to Poland, her homeland, to set up escape routes and report on German troop movements. Her capture by the Gestapo led to a dramatic escape from Budapest in the boot of a car followed by travels through Turkey and Syria to Cairo. Christine is an inspiring and unforgettable true story.

Biographical Notes

Madeleine Masson was born in Johannesburg and is one of South Africa's most distinguished writers. She studied in Johannesburg, Paris and Munich and lived as a freelance journalist in Paris. She is a journalist, playwright and historian who has had over twenty books published.

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  • ISBN: 9781844082384
  • Publication date: 06 Oct 2005
  • Page count: 352
  • Imprint: Virago
Gripping. — MAIL ON SUNDAY
An exciting story. . . Christine was cool, fascinating, graceful, secretive, alternating a vivid warmth with remoteness, a lover of freedom and a law unto herself — DAILY TELEGRAPH
This biography, stark, earthy, uplifting and bloodstained, deserves to be read even by those who are tired of war books. In Christine, Dostoyevsky, I suspect, would have found a heroine to his taste — SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
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