Clare Mulley


“As a biographer I seek to understand what makes people tick. It is wonderful to search for the truth, or many truths, of someone through interviews, among the papers and photos in public archives, and between the lines of once private letters. I am fascinated by people’s hidden lives, their hopes and aspirations as well as their actions, emotional and moral truths as well as facts, people's being as well as their doing.

“My first subject Eglantyne Jebb, founder of Save the Children, was also fascinated by human truths. After the First World War, Eglantyne came up with the pioneering idea that all individual children, everywhere, should be party to the same universal human rights. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which developed from her declaration, is now the most widely adopted human rights instrument in history. My second subject was the Polish born Krystyna Skarbek, aka Christine Granville, Britain’s first female special agent of the Second World War, who put her life on the line for over six years to fight the Nazi advance.

“These inspiring women dedicated their lives to fighting racism and discrimination. The human truth is that prejudice and racism damages and reduces us all, if offers no answers and prevents any real understanding. Recognising this is not enough, racism must be actively challenged.”

-          Clare Mulley, June 2016


Clare Mulley is the award-winning author of two biographies. The Woman Who Saved the Children, a biography of Eglantyne Jebb, founder of Save the Children won the Daily Mail Biographers Club prize, while her biography of Krystyna Skarbek, aka Christine Granville, Britain’s first female special agent of the Second World War, The Spy Who Loved, led to her being awarded Poland’s 'Bene Merito' national honour. This book is now under option to Universal Studios.

Clare is now working on her third book, a joint biography of two extraordinary women at the heart of the Third Reich. Clare is a regular speaker at literary and history festivals, schools and museums, and has contributed to various programmes on BBC Radio 4, as well as for BBC, ITV, Channel 5 and The History Channel. She writes and reviews for The SpectatorHistory Today and The Telegraph among other publications. In 2016 she will lead a lecture tour on the female agents of the Second World War in northern France. Clare lives in Essex with her family and lurcher.

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