award winning author

Clare is the award-winning author of two biographies. 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. The Woman Who Saved the Children: A Biography of Eglantyne Jebb (2009) won the Daily Mail Biographers’ Club Prize. Increasingly on TV and radio, and a busy public speaker, Clare is leading a tour on female special agents with Historical Trips this autumn. She also writes and reviews for publications such as The Spectator, The Telegraph and History Today. Clare's next book is due out in 2017.



hear me talk

Channel 5, 'Adolf & Eva, Love & War', commenting on Eva Braun's home movies, 29 August, 8pm & 3 Sept 2016, 7pm

Talk on Krystyna Skarbek/Christine Granville, The Spy Who Loved, Hampstead Historical Society, 22 Sep 2016, 8pm

Historical Trips, 'Women of SOE' tour, London-Paris-Valencay, 29 Sept - 3 Oct 2016


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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. You can also get in touch, or book me for talks.

Happy browsing, Clare


news flash

Clare will be commenting on Eva Braun's home movies on Channel 5's, 'Adolf & Eva: Love and War' programme, repeated 7pm, Saturday 3 September 2016

BBC Radio 4 "Great Lives" programme on Krystyna Skarbek