Spy Princess

Spy Princess is the story of Noor Inayat Khan, a descendant of Tipu Sultan, who became a secret agent during the Second World War. She became the first woman radio operator to be infiltrated into occupied France in 1943 and worked under the code name 'Madeleine.' As her circuit collapsed around her, she remained the last link with London and refused to abandon her post despite the dangers. However, she was betrayed and arrested by the Germans and shot in Dachau Concentration Camp. Britain has posthumously awarded her the George Cross for her extraordinary bravery, and France honoured her with the Croix de Guerre. The fascinating biography traces the story of Noor Inayat Khan and looks at the spirit that moved her.

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"One of the most inspirational stories of World War II..." The Daily Mail

"A fascinating story well told" Roger Moorhouse, BBC History Magazine

"Shrabani Basu approaches this well-researched book with a cool head and a perceptive eye" Phillip Knightley, author and journalist

"A moving and scrupulous biography … Shrabani Basu has pieced together Noor's story more fully and reliably than ever before" Boyd Tonkin, The Independent