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What's On

When: 2nd July 2024, 7.30pm - 9pm
Where: The Glapthorn Room, Fletton House

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We are delighted to announce our July event – an author talk with Clare Mulley

An award-winning historian, author and broadcaster, Clare's new book, ‘Agent Zo: The Untold Story of Fearless Second World War resistance Fighter, Elżbieta Zawacka’, is a biography of the only woman in the ‘Silent Unseen’, the Polish elite special forces trained in country houses across Britain.

‘Agent Zo’ offers a fresh take on a rich, fascinating period in time, and Clare’s talk will shed further light on it all. An unmissable opportunity for history enthusiasts and for those interested in differing perspectives.


The talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signings. 

Tickets can be purchased via TicketSouce (link below),

or in person at the Oundle Bookshop (cash only).

About 'Agent Zo':

This is the incredible story of Elzbieta Zawacka, the WW2 female resistance fighter known as Agent Zo, told here for the very first time. Agent Zo was the only woman to reach London from Warsaw during the Second World War as an emissary of the Polish Home Army command, and then in Britain she became the only woman to join the Polish elite Special Forces, known as the 'Silent Unseen'. She was secretly trained in the British countryside, and then the only female member of these SOE affiliated forces to be parachuted back behind enemy lines to Nazi-occupied Poland. There, whilst being hunted by the Gestapo who arrested her entire family, she took a leading role in the Warsaw Uprising and the liberation of Poland.

After the war she was demobbed as one of the most highly decorated women in Polish history. Yet the Soviet-backed post-war Communist regime not only imprisoned her, but also ensured that her remarkable story remained hidden for over forty years. Now, through new archival research and exclusive interviews with people who knew and fought alongside Zo, Clare Mulley brings this forgotten heroine back to life, and also transforms how we see the history of women's agency in the Second World War.



Praise for 'Agent Zo'

‘Gripping, moving and important: an amazing and until-now neglected story of female WW2 heroism and secret derring-do. This tale of the resistance fighter Agent Zo is amazingly told and deeply researched by the excellent historian of WW2 espionage Clare Mulley.’
– Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of the World: A Family History


‘Agent Zo is a triumph. The deftly told life of this remarkable heroine helps restore women to their rightful place in the record of Second World War literature. Absolutely essential reading.‘

– Hallie Rubenhold, author of The Five


‘A remarkable story of resistance, elegantly told.‘
–  Roger Moorhouse, author of First to Fight


‘This is a terrific story, told with passion and authority, about a Polish Woman resistance fighter of extraordinary courage and ingenuity. Not simply a page-turner, this is an important addition to the literature of World War Two, a story for our times about female heroism, which should be widely known.’
– Anne Sebba, author of Ethel Rosenberg

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