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Hilda Campbell was born in the north of Scotland in 1889. She married German national Dr Willy Bűttner Richter in 1912. They honeymooned in Scotland and returned to settle in Hamburg. Dr Richter died in 1938. After visiting her ailing parents, Hilda returned to Germany just before the Second World War began. She became a double agent, controlled by Gerhardt Eicke in Germany and Lawrence Thornton in Britain. How could she cope under such strain, and with her son Otto in the German Army? Nor did she expect her evidence to be so cruelly challenged at theNuremberg Trials. Learn of her post-war life, which took her abroad as a British Ambassador’s wife.

This is an extraordinary story based on the life of the author’s great aunt, Hilda. The book includes several authentic accounts.

Book cover A Reluctant Spy by Miller Caldwell

A Reluctant Spy by Miller Caldwell is published by Clink Street Publishing and is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.

Review

A Reluctant Spy is an interesting historical novel based on the author’s great aunt, Hilda Campbell.

She was born in Scotland and married a German, Dr Richter in 1912. They lived in Hamburg and had one son, Otto. Her husband died in 1938 and just before the second world war, Hilda visited her parents in Scotland. This visit started her dangerous journey as a double agent.

 On her return to Germany at the beginning of the war, Hilda received spy training but continued her work for the allies. Struggling with her decisions for both countries, Hilda moves back to Britain and supports the war by working at Bletchley Park. On returning to Germany she personally discovers the atrocities of war and becomes a witness at the Nuremburg trials.

Hilda Campbell is a fascinating woman who was incredibly brave with the special skills to survive as a double agent.

 A wonderful read with plenty of historical detail. Highly recommended.

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Author photo Miller Caldwell

I retired at the age of 53 as I found I had mild cognitive impairment MCI. This is a condition which gives me a poor memory but a sharp mind. It was difficult to find work that would take me and so I decided to write books. Sixteen years later, I have written twenty-three books with another two yet to be published. I have learned the book writing skills though writing clubs and writer’s magazines. Over the years I find my writing is much better received. I am seen as a novelist but I have three illustrated children’s books, several biographies and three self-help books as well. My website sags with the volume. But I cannot be pigeon holed. It depends what theme obsesses my thinking, as that will be my next book.

I have been on the committee of the Society of Authors in Scotland and have been their Events Manager. I am due to speak at next year’s Wigtown Book Festival as A Reluctant Spy will be a documentary by then. That reminds me I have an agent. A Literary as well as a Film agent in Mathilde Vuillermoz. With her on board I will release some of my self published books through her. Without an agent it is becoming more difficult to attract traditional publishers. So I remain optimistic and find like a graph, my trajectory is currently on an upswing.

Website: https://www.millercaldwell.com/

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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