Another Christine Granville biography

Discussion in 'Special Forces' started by Vitesse, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. Vitesse

    Vitesse Senior Member

    Browsing the website of The Bookseller, I noticed that Pan Macmillan have acquired the rights to a forthcoming biography of Christine Granville by Clare Mulley, who has previously written a biography of social reformer Eglantine Jebb. It's scheduled for publication in 2012, but I have to wonder how much it adds to Madeleine Masson's 1975 book "Christine", especially as Masson's book was republished with an extra chapter in 2008.

    Christine, SOE Agent and Churchill's Favourite Spy - HagsHarlotsHeroines

    I suppose we'll just have to wait and see ...

    Pan Mac acquires "Vesper Lynd" secret agent biog | The Bookseller
  2. Len Trim

    Len Trim Senior Member

    I have to put my hand up and admit that I had never heard of her. Mind you I am only about to start looking into the 'secret' side of the war. To that effect I have ordered up 'SOE A Outline History' by Foot. Maybe in a year or two I will know something of that side of the war. Meanwhile I will look out for the book on Christine.
  3. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    Christine was a very complex character and a new biography is well overdue!
  4. Vitesse

    Vitesse Senior Member

    Christine was a very complex character ...
    Delicately put!
  5. Clare Mulley

    Clare Mulley Junior Member

    Dear WW2 Talk forum users,

    As some of you already know, I have been commissioned to write a new biography of Christine Granville for Macmillan publishers in the UK. It was wonderful to see Vitesse, Len Trim and Jedburgh 22's mention of the project on this site, so I have signed in to say hello! If anyone would like more info on me, my website is at Clare Mulley: Home

    Although Madeleine Masson's very interesting biography of Granville was republished with an update in 2005, I was delighted to see some feeling that a new look is overdue. I agree, of course. There is plenty of new information, and different angles, that validate a new look at Granville.

    Having said this, I am still researching and writing away, and if anyone has any information, suggestions or thoughts about sources, I would be delighted to hear from you.

    With all best wishes, Clare
  6. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    BBC Radio 4 - Great Lives, Series 39, Graeme Lamb on Christine Granville

    Graeme Lamb on Christine Granville

    Great LivesSeries 39
    Episode 5 of 9

    Lt-Gen Sir Graeme Lamb, former head of British special forces, champions the life of wartime spy Christine Granville, assisted by her biographer Clare Mulley.

    Christine, born Kristina Skarbek, was a glamorous swashbuckling heroine who skied into occupied Poland to distribute Allied propaganda, and parachuted into southern France to work with the Resistance after D Day. Murdered after the war by a jilted lover, she is little known today - thanks partly to the efforts of a group of men she had been close to, who formed a committee to "protect her reputation" from suggestions of sexual impropriety.

    Matthew Parris chairs the discussion.

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016.
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