Christine Granville, aka Krystyna Skarbek, loved adrenalin, men and, above all, freedom - both for her country and for herself personally. This Polish-born Countess with Jewish heritage, was the first woman to serve Britain as a special agent during the Second World War, and her achievements prompted Churchill to call her his ‘favourite spy.’ Christine served in three different theatres of the war, initially skiing into Nazi-occupied Poland, then serving in Egypt and the Middle East, before being parachuted behind enemy lines in France in 1944 where her service made her legendary among the special forces. Not only did she make the first contact between the French resistance and the Italian partisans across the Alps, she also secured the defection of an entire German garrison on a strategic pass in the mountains. Despite being arrested more than once, she used her wits to save not only her own skin but also the lives of many of her male comrades-in-arms. Awarded the George Medal, OBE, and French Croix-de-Guerre, her early tragic death made headlines around the world, yet her true story was kept hidden. Clare was decorated with Poland’s national honour, the Bene Merito, for this inspiring biography.