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Mary Wesley was a pen-name, derived from the family name of Wellesley. She was born Mary Farmar, descended from the Duke of Wellington, and grew up a rebel who believed that she was her mother's least-favourite child. This biography discusses her experiences in MI 5 and her many wartime love affairs.
Mary Wesley herself selected Patrick Marnham as her biographer. She gave him numerous interviews before her death in 2002, and also passed him her diaries and private papers, and authorised her relations and friends to talk openly to him. Patrick Marnham lives in Oxfordshire and France. His most recent book, about the French resistance, was described by the Telegraph as 'a brilliant mix of political thriller and wartime history'. He is the biographer of Georges Simenon and Diego Rivera; his books have won the Thomas Cook Travel Prize and the the Marsh Biography Award; and he has written for Private Eye, the Independent and the Spectator. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.