A Beautiful Spy
Published in the UK in hardback, February 2021
A thrilling novel about a woman with an extraordinary life, based on a true story.
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. 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?