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Reviews

  • The wartime spy career of Mathilde Carré - aka 'the Cat' and 'Agent Victoire' - is so extraordinary it almost defies belief

    The Times
  • Enough plot twists and moral ambiguity to satisfy any spy novelist ... At its heart this is a book about the moral dilemmas involved in living under the perverting conditions of war and occupation ... Philipps does a fine job of setting the scene inside France, and building up the tension in this increasingly gripping wartime story, and all that follows ... a deeply humane book

    Clare Mulley, Spectator
  • What a read! What a fascinating character! I was gripped from the first page to the last. A truly astonishing story, meticulously and brilliantly told

    Philippe Sands, author of The Ratline
  • A wonderful, atmospheric book: a miraculous portrait of a flawed human being, and a masterful account of the moral quagmire of wartime France and Britain

    Carmen Callil, author of Bad Faith
  • Roland Philipps tells Victoire's story with skill and compassion, and reveals that for all her betrayals, she deserves more understanding than she received in her lifetime

    Artemis Cooper, author of Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • Brilliantly fluent... fascinating... This biography first grips and then lingers long in the mind. It is a page-turner of the most empathetic kind (Praise for A Spy Named Orphan)

    Rachel Cooke, Guardian
  • Superb... full of contemporary relevance... Philipps relates the complex narrative of Maclean's treason... with tremendous aplomb, limpidity and acuity (Praise for A Spy Named Orphan)

    William Boyd
  • Fascinating and page-turning. An exceptional story of espionage and betrayal, thrillingly told. I devoured it (Praise for A Spy Named Orphan)

    Philippe Sands, author of East West Street
  • Definitive (Praise for A Spy Named Orphan)

    Daily Express
  • A cracking story... impressively researched and smoothly polished (Praise for A Spy Named Orphan)

    Sunday Times

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