Christine : A Search for Christine Granville, Paperback Book

Christine : A Search for Christine Granville Paperback

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Christine Granville, G.M., O.B.E. and Croix de Guerre, one of the most successful women agents of the Second World War and said to have been Churchill's 'favourite spy', was murdered, aged 37, in a London Hotel in 1952.

Her actions as a British secret agent in Poland, Hungary and France were legendary even in her lifetime and she repeatedly risked her life to undertake dangerous missions.

Her exploits began after the fall of Poland when she became a British agent; organising the escape of British prisoners-of-war, Polish pilots and refugees and returning to Poland, her homeland, to set up escape routes and report on German troop movements.

Her capture by the Gestapo led to a dramatic escape from Budapest in the boot of a car followed by travels through Turkey and Syria to Cairo.

Christine is an inspiring and unforgettable true story.




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Originally published in 1975 and reprinted by Virago in 2005 this book was recommended to me as I was interested in reading books related to women and war. A great deal of research has been undertaken with many helpful notes, references, photographs and bibliography for those who wish to follow up any aspects touched upon by Madeleine Masson. The story is set in many of the diverse settings that Christine Granville found herself during the second world war ranging from Poland, via Africa to the Vercors region of France ranging in time from her years in school to the war years. Romance, adventure, tears and betrayal are all ingredients of her story as an undercover agent and as a member of the SOE. Although I was familiar with a number of the French settings I would have valued the support of maps.My view is that the author had a great deal of knowledge regarding not only the agent Christine but also the historical themes of the period. At times I found that some of the diversions away from the central character deflected from the continuity of the narrative and interrupted the central theme of Christine’s work in espionage and her fascinating life story. In conclusion this book was informative and provided a great deal of knowledge. As a biography of a single individual I learnt a lot about this fascinating and courageous lady.