Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I've been procrastinating with my blogging but finishing a book can have that effect - so Unlikely Traitors is done and now I'm turning my attention to other ideas - most of which come directly from my research. I've been up to my eyeballs in espionage. Starting with Tammy Proctor's terrific "Female Intelligence, Women and Espionage in the First World War" followed by Julie Wheelwright's "The Fatal Lover. Mata Hari and the Myth of Women in Espionage" and ending up with Matthew Seligmann's "Spies in Uniform, British Military & Naval Intelligence on the Eve of the first World War". The last book was really the only one I used in my research for Unlikely Traitors but the other two have definitely got me turning around a few new book ideas...As I was surprised to learn the extent to which women were involved in the intelligence services during the First World War. I also discovered two wonderful books published in the 1930s that I cannot wait to read...They are both by Captain Henry Landau - reportedly a member of British intelligence during the war - and could be wildly inaccurate or just plain hilarious (or both - who knows!). The first is called "All's Fair" and the second "Secrets of the White Lady." I'll post more when I've had a chance to digest these...who knows more book ideas may follow!