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Queen of Spies

Queen of Spies
Daphne Park: Britain's Cold War Spy Master
Paddy Hayes
Price: £
9.99
  • Paperback
Published: 
8 Sep 2016
ISBN: 
9780715651223
Pages: 
336
Genre: 
  • Biography & Memoir
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Daphne Park was one of Britain’s most extraordinary women: from living in a shack outside Dar es Salaam to becoming a Baroness, she led a remarkable life driven by a lifelong love-affair with the world of Britain’s secret services. After studying modern languages at Oxford, in 1943 she signed up as a nursing auxiliary with FANY, but quickly found herself briefi ng Special Forces troops. After the war she joined MI6, and was soon appointed to the highest operational rank – an astounding achievement for a woman working in this male-dominated and most secretive of organisations.

In Queen of Spies, Hayes recounts Park’s dramatic life and the fascinating evolution of MI6 through the eyes of one of its most outstanding and unusual operatives. Using fi rst-hand knowledge to expose the personalities of the Secret Intelligence Service – from the Second World War to the Cold War, and beyond – he explores how the organisation went about its business.

Based in part on conversations with Park’s former MI6 colleagues, friends, academics and diplomats, as well as Park herself, Queen of Spies is an intimate and impeccably researched tale that sheds light on an incredible woman and her even more incredible achievements.

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Reviews

‘Richly entertaining biography... Queen of Spies fills a big gap.’ Guardian

‘In the secret services, Park stood out as a forceful personality and a woman in a man's world… Paddy Hayes has done a very good job.’ The Telegraph

‘The intelligence historian Paddy Hayes traces Dame Daphne’s mind-boggling career… Dame Daphne’s charisma (she once described herself as a ‘cheerful fat missionary’) is plain throughout’ Spectator

Paddy Hayes

About Paddy Hayes

Paddy Hayes was born in Cork and educated in Dublin and Harvard, Massachusetts. He has spent five decades researching the world of intelligence whilst developing business intelligence and market research companies from his native Ireland. His interest in politics extends to acting as a constituency Director of Elections in the last two general elections in Ireland.
 

Queen of Spies

Queen of Spies
Daphne Park, Britain's Cold War Spy Master
Paddy Hayes
Price: £
19.99
  • Hardback
Published: 
22 Oct 2015
ISBN: 
9780715650431
Pages: 
320
Genre: 
  • Biography & Memoir
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"I have always thought about Daphne as a blend of Margaret Rutherford, the bosomy and beloved actress, and Rosa Klebb, the cold-eyed KGB dragon-lady with a poisoned blade in her shoe." -John de St Jorre (a former colleague)

From living in a tin-roofed shack north of Dar-es-Salaam to becoming Baroness Park of Monmouth, Daphne Park led a most unusual life - one that consisted of a lifelong love affair with the world of Britain's secret services. In the 1970s, she was appointed to SIS's most senior operational rank as one of its seven Area Controllers- an extraordinary achievement for a woman working within this most male-dominated and secretive of organisations.

In this first biography for twenty years of any Cold War British spy -the defectors Philby and Blake apart - Paddy Hayes recounts the fascinating story of the evolution of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) from World War II to the Cold War and beyond through the eyes of one of its outstanding and most unusual operatives. He provides the reader with one of the most intimate narratives yet of how the modern SIS actually went about its business whether in Moscow, Hanoi or the Congo.

Queen of Spies captures the paranoia, the real life 'wilderness of mirrors' aspect of intelligence work finally unveiling all that it may be possible to know about the life of one of Britain's most celebrated spies.

Reviews

‘Richly entertaining biography... Queen of Spies fills a big gap’ Guardian

‘In the secret services, Park stood out as a forceful personality and a woman in a man's world… Paddy Hayes has done a very good job’ The Telegraph

‘The intelligence historian Paddy Hayes traces Dame Daphne’s mind-boggling career… Dame Daphne’s charisma (she once described herself as a ‘cheerful fat missionary’) is plain throughout’ Spectator

Paddy Hayes

About Paddy Hayes

Paddy Hayes was born in Cork and educated in Dublin and Harvard, Massachusetts. He has spent five decades researching the world of intelligence whilst developing business intelligence and market research companies from his native Ireland. His interest in politics extends to acting as a constituency Director of Elections in the last two general elections in Ireland.