Book Review: The Spy Who Inspired Me By Stephen Clarke
This laugh-out-loud spoof on James Bond, set against the backdrop of the Second World War, is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Bestselling author Stephen Clarke combines his passion for French history with his love of Ian Fleming’s master spy and comes up with a comical masterpiece.
It is April 1944, and Ian Lemming finds himself beached in Nazi-occupied Normandy alongside young and intimidatingly talented female spy Margaux Lynd. Lemming, lost without his clean undies and cigarettes, wants to go home, but Lynd is on a perilous mission to unmask traitors in a French Resistance network. As they set off across France, Lemming receives a painful crash course in spy craft, and starts to fantasise about a fictional agent who would operate in luxury and lord it over women.
As well as being a mischievous look at the possible origins of 007, this book is a serious tribute to the female agents who went into Occupied France – and often didn’t come back.
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From France Today magazine
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