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.
‘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: 'Absorbing’ BARBARA ERSKINE ‘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
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 until deciding to become a full-time writer. She is the Sunday Times (London) bestselling author of ten novels, including The Love Child. She is married to the writer D. J. Taylor and they have three sons. Visit her at RachelHore.co.uk and connect with her on Twitter @RachelHore.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (February 18, 2021)
Length: 400 pages
‘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 a true story, this fantastic novel follows the adventures of a suburban girl recruited by MI5 to infiltrate the British Communist Party (BCP) in the years before World War II… Hore reveals a thrilling world of high-stakes politics alongside the inner life of a passionate young woman leading a dangerous double existence. The humdrum, lonely nature of espionage is brilliantly evoked; Minnie longs for friendships but can’t get too close, while love is out of the question, particularly love for Max. Exciting, impeccably researched and full of powerful period atmosphere'
– Daily Mail
‘Based on the life of Olga Gray, this atmospheric thriller is a delight to read’
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