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The Spy tells the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to break the conventions of her time, and paid the price.

When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless.
Soon she was feted as the most elegant woman in the city.

A dancer who shocked and delighted audiences, as a confidante and courtesan she bewitched the era’s richest and most powerful men.

But as paranoia consumed a country at war, Mata Hari’s lifestyle brought her under suspicion. In 1917 she was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs–Élysées and accused of espionage.

Told through Mata Hari's final letter, The Spy is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to break the conventions of her time, and paid the price.

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  • Paperback

    9780143788171

    July 31, 2017

    Penguin (AU Adult)

    RRP $19.99

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  • Hardback

    9780143783404

    November 22, 2016

    Hamish Hamilton (AU Adult)

    208 pages

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  • EBook

    9781760143381

    November 22, 2016

    Penguin eBooks (AU Adult)

    208 pages

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Extract

Dear Mr. Clunet,

I do not know what will happen at the end of this week. I have always been an optimistic woman, but time has left me bitter, alone, and sad.

If things turn out as I hope, you will never receive this letter. I’ll have been pardoned. After all, I spent my life cultivating in?uential friends. I will hold on to the letter so that, one day, my only daughter might read it to find out who her mother was.

But if I am wrong, I have little hope that these pages, which have consumed my last week of life on Earth, will be kept. I have always been a realis­tic woman and I know that, once a case is settled, a lawyer will move on to the next one without a back­ward glance.

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