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.

A regular contributor to TV and radio, Clare also lectures in London and Paris on Britain's wartime female special agents, speaks at numerous literary and history festivals, and gave her first TEDx talk last year.

Clare writes and reviews for The TelegraphThe Spectator and History Today. She was chair of the judges for the Historical Writers Association 2017 non-fiction prize, and has recently become an honorary patron of the Wimpole History Festival. 

 

 

hear me talk

Stoke Newington Lit Fest, 3 June

Borders Book Festival, 14 June

Chalke Valley History Festival, 26 June

Port Eliot Festival, Cornwall, 26-29 July

Gloucester History Festival, 8 Sept

Henley Lit Fest, 5 October

Dublin History Festival, 7 Oct

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 Nazi test pilots Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg, who ended their lives on opposite sides of history; Krystyna Skarbek, aka Christine Granville, Britain's first female special agent of the Second World War; and Eglantyne Jebb, the controversial founder of the international Save the Children movement who was 'not fond' of children. You can also read the book reviews I write for the TelegraphHistory Today and the Spectator, my articles and blogs, see where I'm giving talks, invite me to speak at your event, or just get in touch!

Happy browsing, Clare

 

news flash

Reviews for The Women Who Flew for Hitler:

  • 'Vividly drawn... a thrilling story', Telegraph
  • 'Popular history of a high order', Times 
  • 'A satisfying, rollicking read... well researched and beautifully written', Spectator
  • 'Superb and beautifully written, well paced and full of drama', Literary Review
  • 'Has the drama and suspense of the best movie scripts', Library Journal USA
  • 'An utterly compelling read', Historical Writers Association magazine
  • 'Truly outstanding... an utterly absorbing and engaging', Britain at War magazine 

 

Clare becomes an Honorary Patron for the Wimpole History Festival, younger sister of the Cambridge Literary Festival 

  

Clare talking with Sir David for More4’s new series, 'David Jason’s Secret Service'

 

Clare giving a TEDx talk at Stormont 

 

Clare discusses The Women Who Flew for Hitler on BBC Women's Hour (from 13.24)

 

Clare with Ian Wolter's bronze of WW2 agent Krystyna Skarbek, subject of The Spy Who Loved, at Ognisko Polskie, the Polish Club in London.

 

The statue was reported on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, London Live TV, Polish TV and in The TelegraphThe Guardian, The Mirror and The Daily Express

 

Clare with the cover of The Women Who Flew for Hitler at the London Book Fair 

 

Angelina Jolie attached to Universal film of The Spy Who Loved, also mentioned here.

 

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