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Blog Tour: The Spy Who Inspired Me by Stephen Clarke

Today I am excited to join the blog tour for The Spy Who Inspired Me by Stephen Clarke!

The Spy Who Inspired Me by Stephen Clarke

For legal reasons, The Spy Who Inspired Me does not mention J*mes B*nd. Which is a shame, because it is a comedy based on the idea that I*n Fl*ming’s famously macho spy might have been inspired by a woman...It is April 1944, and chic armchair naval officer Ian Lemming(sic)is accidentally beached in Nazi-occupied Normandy. With no access to a razor or clean underwear, and deprived of his cigarettes, Lemming just wants to go home. But he is stranded with a young, though hugely experienced, female agent called Margaux Lynd, who is on a perilous mission to unmask traitors in a French Resistance network. So, as she bullies him across France, Lemming receives a painful crash course in spy craft, and starts to fantasize about a fictional agent –male of course –who would operate only in the most luxurious conditions, and lord it over totally subservient women. A world-famous spy is born ...

Praise for Stephen Clarke

‘Tremendously entertaining’

Sunday Times

‘Outrageously readable’

Daily Mail

‘Quintessentially English sense of humour’

Vogue homme

My Review:


As the cover suggests, this is rather a fun and imaginative romp, and if you're looking for something entertaining and unusual to take your mind on a little journey, look no further!

This is a clever exploration of the role of female spies during the Second World War. Though it appears a little silly, it actually has more depth than I imagined and Clarke has a talent for transporting the reader to his setting. The characters are unique and engaging and I enjoyed the dialogue which was snappy and smart. The plot was a little predictable at times, but never boring and I would be happy to read more by this talented author!

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About the Author:

Stephen Clarkeis the bestselling author of the Merdeseries of comedy novels (A Year in the Merde, Merde Actually, Dial M for Merdeet al) which have been translated into more than 20 languages and sold more than a million copies worldwide.

Stephen Clarke has also written several serious-yet-humorous books on Anglo-French history, such as 1000 Years of Annoying the French(a UK number-one bestseller in both hardback and paperback), How the French Won Waterloo (or Think They Did), and The French Revolution & What Went Wrong. He lives in Paris.

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