award winning author
Clare is the award-winning author of two biographies. The Woman Who Saved the Children: A Biography of Eglantyne Jebb (2009) won the Daily Mail Biographers’ Club Prize. The Spy Who Loved: The Secrets and Lives of Christine Granville (2013) led to her being presented with Poland’s national ‘Bene Merito’ honorary distinction in 2014. A busy public speaker, she also blogs monthly, writes articles and reviews for publications such as History Today and The Spectator.
hear me talk
Panel on female special agents with SOE veteran Noreen Riols, British Library, 10 October, 4pm
Panel debate on Courageous Women, Harrogate History Festival, 23 October, 10.30am
Talk on Christine Granville at Ognisko Polski (Polish Hearth Club) at launch of Katy Carr's new album Polonia, 11 November, 7.30pm
connect with me
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. You can also get in touch, or book me for talks.
Happy browsing, Clare
BBC broadcast "Great Lives" programme on Krystyna Skarbek