Queen of Spies: Daphne Park: Britain's Cold War Spy Master
From living in a tin-roofed shack north of Dar-es-Salaam to attaining the British Secret Intelligence Service's most senior operational rank, Daphne Park led a highly unusual life. In the 1970s, she was appointed to Secret Intelligence Service's most senior operational rank as one of its seven Area Controllers--an unprecedented achievement for a woman working within this most male-dominated and secretive of organizations.
In Queen of Spies, Paddy Hayes recounts the fascinating story of the evolution of the SIS from World War II to the Cold War through her eyes, providing the reader with an intimate narrative of how the modern SIS actually went about its business, and shows how Park was able to rise through the ranks of a field was comprised almost entirely of men. Queen of Spies captures all the paranoia, isolation, and deception of Cold War intelligence work, and unveils all that it may be possible to know about the life of one of Britain's most celebrated spies--an extraordinary woman trying to navigate a secretive world.
'Richly entertaining biography... Queen of Spies fills a big gap.' Guardian 'In the secret services, Park stood out as a forceful personality and a woman in a man's world... Paddy Hayes has done a very good job.'The Telegraph 'The intelligence historian Paddy Hayes traces Dame Daphne's mind-boggling career... Dame Daphne's charisma (she once described herself as a 'cheerful fat missionary') is plain throughout.' Spectator
Paddy Hayes was educated in Dublin and at Harvard University. As the founder of an international research practice, he has been a close observer of the clandestine operations of secret intelligence services. His work took him behind the Iron Curtain to Moscow and to East Berlin and he brings this knowledge to his writing.