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A Beautiful Spy: From the million-copy Sunday Times bestseller
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A Beautiful Spy: From the million-copy Sunday Times bestseller (Paperback)

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From the million-copy Sunday Times bestseller comes a thrilling novel about a woman with an extraordinary life, based on a true story.

'Fantastic... Exciting, impeccably researched and full of powerful period atmosphere' Daily Mail

Minnie Gray is an ordinary young woman.

She is also a spy for the British government.

It all began in the summer of 1928...

Minnie is supposed to find a nice man, get married and have children. The problem is it doesn't appeal to her at all. She is working as a secretary, but longs to make a difference.

Then, one day, she gets her chance. She is recruited by the British government as a spy. Under strict instructions not to tell anyone, not even her family, she moves to London and begins her mission - to infiltrate the Communist movement.

She soon gains the trust of important leaders. But as she grows more and more entangled in the workings of the movement, her job becomes increasingly dangerous. Leading a double life is starting to take its toll on her relationships and, feeling more isolated than ever, she starts to wonder how this is all going to end. The Russians are notorious for ruthlessly disposing of people given the slightest suspicion.

What if they find out?

Full of suspense, courage and love, A Beautiful Spy is a stunningly written story about resisting the norm and following your dreams, even if they come with sacrifices.

'Stunning. A masterclass in storytelling. Flawless writing and a great plot that builds suspense... This is one of those unforgettable books whose characters stay with you and whom you miss when they're gone... I loved every moment' Dinah Jefferies, author of The Tuscan Contessa

'A superb novel. I absolutely loved it. Rachel Hore brilliantly contrasts the thrilling world of high-stakes politics with the inner life of a passionate woman leading a dangerous double existence' Wendy Holden, author of The Governess

'Phenomenal! Absolutely loved it. I was rooting for Minnie from page one right to the very end... What a treat of a read' Tracy Rees, author of The House at Silvermoor

'Based on the life of Olga Gray, this atmospheric thriller is a delight to read' Sun

Praise for Rachel Hore:


'An emotive and thought-provoking read' ROSANNA LEY

'A poignant story, rich in period detail' SUNDAY MIRROR

'Readers are sure to be engrossed and swept away' JANE JOHNSON

'Engrossing, pleasantly surprising and thoroughly readable' SANTA MONTEFIORE

'Her women are brave and good and you desperately want them to win' DAILY MAIL

'Rachel Hore's research and mastery of the subject is deeply impressive' JUDY FINNIGAN

Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersEspionage & spy thrillerFiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersHistorical mysteriesFiction & PoetryHistorical FictionHistorical adventureFiction & PoetryRomanceErotic FictionHistorical romanceFiction & PoetryRomanceRomance Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd Publication Date: 16/09/2021 ISBN-13: 9781471187216  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Rachel Hore worked in London publishing for many years before moving with her family to Norwich, where she taught publishing and creative writing at the University of East Anglia before becoming a full-time writer. She is married to the writer D. J. Taylor and they have three sons.

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Customer Reviews

An amazing story, completely engaging! Minnie Gray is a normal young woman, a secretary living at home with her mother. Convention dictates that she meets a man and settles to being a housewife and mother. However, Minnie wants more and her chance comes when she is approached to work for the British Government - as a spy. Without divulging what's really going on to anyone, Minnie moves to London, finding a job and a flat, then starts attending Communist party meetings with the aim of finding out their secrets. As she is accepted and begins to prove her worth, the secrecy begins to wear her down and her health suffers along with her relationship. Well aware of how the Russian's react to infiltrators, Minnie is in a constant state of worry and despair. Can she complete her mission? I had no idea until I had completed this novel that it was based on fact; and that makes it even more astounding. I can honestly say I've never read another book quite like this, and it pulled me in from the very first. Such a smooth telling of a riveting tale made this an incredible read and one which kept me hooked from the very beginning to the final word. For anyone who thinks all spies are James Bond, this is a must read. Rachel Hore has excelled herself with her latest novel creating a beautifully written attention-grabbing read which I found very hard to put down. A stunning story, and one I'm extremely happy to both recommend and give all five sparkling stars.

- 18/02/2021
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