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 gave a TEDx talk this year, and leads a tour on female special agents in London and Paris with Historical Trips.

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. You can also read my book reviews for the TelegraphHistory Today and the Spectator, articles and blogs, see where I'm giving talks, 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


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