Miss Moneypenny

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Author: Claire Hubbard-Hall

Category: Humanities

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: W&N

ISBN: 9781399603447

RRP: $34.99

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Since the inception of the Secret Service Bureau back in 1909, women have worked at the very heart of British secret intelligence – yet their contributions have been all but written out of history. Now, drawing on private and previously-classified documents, leading academic Claire Hubbard-Hall brings their gripping true stories to life.

From encoding orders and decrypting enemy messages to penning propaganda and infiltrating organisations, the women of British intelligence played a pivotal role in both the First and Second World Wars. Prepare to meet the true custodians of Britain’s military secrets, from Kathleen Pettigrew, the personal assistant to MI6 director Stewart Menzies, who late in life declared ‘I was Miss Moneypenny, but with more power’, to Jane Archer, the very first female MI5 officer, and many other fascinating women along the way. In MISS MONEYPENNY, Hubbard-Hall rescues these silenced voices from obscurity to provide a definitive account of women’s contributions to the history of the intelligence services.

Claire Hubbard-Hall is a Senior Lecturer in History with two decades of experience researching secret intelligence. She has contributed to documentaries on the History Channel, Channel Five, BBC Radio Scotland and LBC and written for both The Historian and Inside History

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