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Clare Harvey

Clare Harvey CLARE HARVEY was born in Devon and grew up in England and Mauritius. She has a law degree from Leicester University and an MA in creative writing from the University of Nottingham. A love of travel and seventeen years as the ‘trailing spouse’ of a soldier has meant stints working variously in journalism, charity PR, and English language tuition in South Africa, Northern Ireland, Albania, Germany and Nepal, as well as in the UK. Clare now writes full time, and lives with her husband and three children in Nottingham.

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Latest novel: The English Agent (Simon & Schuster), Clare Harvey's gripping wartime drama, is out now in paperback.

Clare Harvey

Having suffered a traumatic experience in the Blitz, Edie feels utterly disillusioned with life in wartime London. The chance to work with the Secret Operations Executive (SOE) helping the resistance in Paris offers a fresh start. Codenamed ‘Yvette’, she’s parachuted into France and met by the two other members of her SOE cell. Who can she trust?

Back in London, Vera desperately needs to be made a UK citizen to erase the secrets of her past. Working at the foreign office in charge of agents presents an opportunity for blackmail. But when she loses contact with one agent in the field, codenamed Yvette, her loyalties are torn.

Debut novel: THE GUNNER GIRL (Simon & Schuster)


It is winter 1941. Teenage Vanessa loses her entire family when her home is bombed before her very eyes. Traumatised, she seizes her admired older sister Joan’s identity papers and joins the army in her stead. This sets in motion a chain of events whereby she is recognised for her abilities but becomes steeped in deceit and subterfuge. In a plot that expertly weaves Vanessa’s journey with her fellow girl soldiers Edie and Bea, this original debut deftly combines romance, tragedy and coming-of-age stories, set against a backdrop of wartime London.

The Gunner Girl is the Winner of the 2014 Exeter Novel Prize. and won the 2016 Joan Hessayon Award for romantic fiction.