Talk: ‘The Spy Who Loved’ by Clare Mulley

Date: 03-12-2019 Hour: 19:00

Event place: Armagh, Northern Ireland

An award-winning historical biographer and author Clare Mulley* will give a talk based on her best selling novel “The Spy Who Loved: The Secrets and Lives of Christine Granville”, in reality, the Polish-born Krystyna Skarbek, Britain’s First Female Special Agent of World War II.

Book review here.

This public lecture is a part of the For Your Freedom & Ours Shared History Educational Campaign kindly supported by the ABC Council as part of the PEACE IV programme.

*Clare Mulley is an award-winning author and broadcaster, who contributes to various historical and current affairs journals, TV and radio.

Clare’s first book, The Woman Who Saved the Children, about the spectacular Eglantyne Jebb, won the Daily Mail Biographers’ Club Prize. Republished in 2019 to mark Save the Children’s centenary, all author royalties are donated to the charity. Book trailer here.

The Spy Who Loved tells the story of Krystyna Skarbek, aka Christine Granville, Britain’s first female special agent of the Second World War. Now optioned by Universal Studios, the book led to Clare being decorated with Poland’s national honour, the Bene Merito. Trailer here.

Clare’s third book, The Women Who Flew for Hitler, tells the extraordinary story of two women at the heart of Nazi Germany, whose choices and actions put them on opposite sides of history. Watch Clare talking about the book here.

Recent TV includes the BBC’s D-Day75 coverage, Newsnight, and various news and history programmes for ITV, Channel 5, More4, the History Channel, and History Hit TV. Radio includes the Today Programme, Woman’s Hour, PM with Evan Davis, and Great Lives with Matthew Parris.

An Honorary Patron of the Wimpole History Festival, Clare is a popular speaker on the literary and history festival circuit, has given a TEDx talk at Stormont, and spoken at the Houses of Parliament, Royal Albert Hall, Imperial War Museum, National Army Museum, and British Library. She leads an annual lecture tour in London and Paris following in the steps of the wartime female special agents. She is always happy to be invited to speak.

Clare writes and reviews non-fiction for the Telegraph, Spectator and History Today. A past chair of the judges for the Historical Writers Association non-fiction prize, she also wrote the BBC Reith Lecture quiz on war and humanity.

Before writing, Clare worked for Save the Children and Sight Savers International. She is a member of English PEN, the Biographers’ Club, Historical Writers Association, and Writers Against Racism. She lives in Essex with her husband, the artist Ian Wolter, their three daughters and hairy lurcher.


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