Queen of Spies: Daphne Park, Britain's Cold War Spy Master

Author(s): Paddy Hayes

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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 women working within this most male-dominated and secretive of organisations.


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'Richly entertaining biography... Queen of Spies fills a big gap' The Guardian 'Hayes's accomplished biography circumvents the scanty evidence by offering a broader portrait of the Secret Service itself, a badly compromised "men's club" in which the forthright Park still managed to succeed.' The Sunday Telegraph 'Paddy Hayes has done a very good job... Hayes's biography is as much a portrait of the SIS as it is of Park.' The Telegraph 'only the second-ever biography published about a Cold War career officer in MI6.' The Big Issue 'Dame Daphne's story leaves us wondering about reality as seen through the eyes of a spy; and about how far spy work affected that reality.' The Spectator 'Hayes deftly manages to chart her extraordinary life... that read like passages from a thriller.' Country Life 'This is an excellent biography of a remarkable woman... Intelligence researcher Hayes opens the door on the fascinating life of one of England's greatest spies, Daphne Park... As exciting as any good spy thriller but it's all true.' Kirkus Reviews

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.

General Fields

  • : 9780715650431
  • : Duckworth
  • : Duckworth
  • : October 2015
  • : books

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  • : Paddy Hayes
  • : Hardback
  • : 320