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Christine: SOE Agent & Churchill's Favourite Spy

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Christine Granville, O.B.E. and Croix de Guerre, was one of the most celebrated female agents of World War II. Said to have been Churchill’s “favorite spy,” her exploits in Poland, Hungary, and France were legendary, even in her lifetime. As an agent of the Special Operations Executive, Christine—the first woman to be dropped into France from Algiers—landed in the Vercors ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 6th 2005 by Virago (first published 1975)
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Of the many books I've read about the activities of secret agents whose bravery seems to be beyond belief, this particular book I found deeply affecting. For it is centered upon a most remarkable woman, Christine Granville (born Krystyna Scarbek in Warsaw in 1915 of an aristocratic family who later fell upon hard times).

Following Poland's capitulation to Germany in September 1939, Christine made her way from East Africa (where she had been with her husband Jerzy Giżycki at the time war was decl
Nov 29, 2009 Abby rated it really liked it
A stunning read, one the most well researched and skilfully written WWII biographies I have read in a long time. Massoon's excellent research includes interviews with many of Christine's close friends and comrades in arms. From beginning to end this book held my attention and enthusiasm and I strongly recommend it.
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Nov 24, 2011 Steve Merrick rated it it was ok
Maybe I should stick to science fiction because this book lost me from very early on, I am researching SOE and the war for a sci fi thing but what bothered me was that I really wasn't any the wiser about the heroine by the end of it, the ending is tragic and moving but I found the level of research bogged me down, I guess there are too many minor and irrelevant details within the structure of this book too. Also it is never explained what Churchill said of her...... I didn't enjoy this book and ...more
Feb 15, 2014 Elyse rated it liked it
The book overall was interesting, but there were time that I felt the writer was giving too much background that I got list in the storyline.
Oct 29, 2011 Chris marked it as tbr-and-have
Taking a break. Honestly, this is more Andrew than Christine. Which is fine, he's a hero too, but I was in the mood for something else.
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