award winning author
Clare is the award-winning author of three biographies.
The Women Who Flew for Hitler (2017) looks at Nazi Germany's only two female test-pilots, Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg, who ended their lives on opposite sides of history.
The Spy Who Loved (2013) reveals the story of Krystyna Skarbek, aka Christine Granville, the first woman to work for Britain as a special agent during the Second World War, and has been optioned by Universal Studios.
The Woman Who Saved the Children (2009) is a biography of controversial Save the Children founder Eglantyne Jebb. The book won the Daily Mail Biographers’ Club Prize.
Increasingly on TV and radio, and a busy public speaker, Clare also leads a tour on female special agents in London and Paris with Historical Trips every autumn.
Clare writes and reviews for publications such as The Spectator, The Telegraph and History Today, and is chair of the judges for the Historical Writers Association 2017 non-fiction prize.
hear me talk
BBC Woman's Hour, on The Women Who Flew for Hitler, 13 July 2017
Hart's Books Saffron Walden, 6.30pm, 20 July 2017, with Alexander Masters on The Women Who Flew For Hitler
Historical Trips, 'Women of SOE' tour, London-Paris-Valencay, 28 Sept - 2 Oct 2017
Cheltenham Literary Festival, Talking with Rick Stroud about key women in WW2, 9 October
BBC History Magazine history weekend, York, talk on The Women Who Flew for Hitler, 25 Nov
See 'events' page for full programme...
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Breathtaking - The Daily Mail
Riveting... Hollywood should sit up and take note! - The Good Book Guide
Passionately written and highly atmospheric. - The Economist
As thrilling as any fiction. - The Daily Mail
A nerve-shredding read. - The Lady
Scintillating and moving... one of the most exciting books... this year. - The Spectator
A stunning achievement. - Alison Weir
A really gripping account. - Simon Mawer, 'The Glass Room', 'The Girl Who Fell from the Sky'
Absolutely fascinating. Christine Granville is one of those women you can't help wishing you'd met in real life. - Jojo Moyes, 'Me Before You'
An astonishing story, brilliantly told. If a Hollywood movie isn't made about Christine Granville's remarkable life I would be amazed. - Charles Cumming, 'A Foreign Country', 'The Trinity Six'
An excellent piece of work. - Roger Moorhouse, 'Killing Hitler', 'Berlin at War'
Compulsively readable... a thrilling book. - The Sunday Telegraph
She has woven the romantic account of the heroine's courage, enterprise and occasional despair when denied an active role against the enemy into the intricate and confusing fabric of the war in Eastern Europe and the Levant with rare perception. The depth of her research authenticates a text of suspense and daring. - The Times
hello and welcome to my website
Here you can find out more about my biographies of Krystyna Skarbek, aka Christine Granville, Britain's first female special agent of WWII, and Eglantyne Jebb, the controversial founder of the international Save the Children movement who was 'not fond' of children, as well as my new book, The Women Who Flew for Hitler, out at the end of June. You can also read my book reviews for History Today and the Spectator, articles and blogs, see when I'm giving talks or just get in touch!
Happy browsing, Clare
reviews for The Women Who Flew for Hitler:
- 'Vividly drawn... this is a thrilling story', The Telegraph
- 'Popular history of a high order', The Times
- 'A satisfying, rollicking read... well researched and beautifully written', The Spectator
- 'Has the drama and suspense of the best movie scripts', Library Journal USA
- 'An utterly compelling read', The Historical Writers Association magazine
Clare with Ian Wolter's bronze of WW2 SOE agent Krystyna Skarbek, subject of The Spy Who Loved, at Ognisko Polskie, the Polish Club in London.
Clare with the cover of her new book, The Women Who Flew for Hitler, at the London Book Fair. The book will be published in the UK and USA on 29 June 2017.
Clare appointed chair of the judges for the Historic Writers Association inaugural non-fiction prize.
Clare commenting on Eva Braun's home movies on Channel 5's, 'Adolf & Eva: Love and War'
Clare with former SAS Commander Graeme Lamb, and Matthew Parris on BBC R4 'Great Lives' programme on Krystyna Skarbek