Andrew Bradford

The story of Charlie and Kathy Bradford



Dotty Dorothy: the perfect Spy

Dorothy O'Grady was the only woman to be sentenced to death for Treason in World War II. But was she a dangerous enemy agent who betrayed military secrets to Germany, or was she just a deeply distubed fantasist who, as the headline says "had herself sentenced to death as a huge joke"?

I became interested in Dorothy's story when I was researching the sory of my parents . After I'd published Live Eels and Grand Pianos I was sent a newspaper cutting about them. It was written by Sidney Rodin of the Sunday Express in 1953. So I googled his name and the first search result was this extraordinary headline from the Sunday Express published in March 1950.

I became fascinated by this strange story. I've  published a short (6,700 words and 7 illustrations) e-book about her which you will can purchase from the Kindle store at £1.99 - the same price as a cup of coffee!

If you don't own a Kindle, you can purchase a PDF copy from this site for the same price.

I've also written a shorter article about Dorothy for  the June 2012 edition of "Britain at War Magazine" which will was published on 31 May 2012. The magazine has taken some very good pictures of the prohibited places on the Isle of Wight where Dorothy wandered in August 1940. Here's the first page of the article: