The Spy Who Loved Children

Moira Watson
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The Spy Who Loved Children

Published

11 May 1993

ISBN

9780522876987

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Melbourne University Press

The Spy Who Loved Children

Moira Watson
At the height of the Great Depression, when few families could afford holidays, Herbert Dyce Murphy invited groups of children to his seaside house on the Mornington Peninsula. He built a tiny railway for them in his garden, took them on picnics and sailing trips, and told them wonderful stories about his past—elaborate tales of whaling ships and royal soirées, of espionage and Antarctic blizzards, full of adventure, intrigue and romance.

How much of it was true? Does it matter? What sort of person was Murphy?

Moira Watson was one of the 'Murphy children'. In The Spy Who Loved Children she explores, with affection and puzzlement, the life of an extraordinary and mysterious man.
At the height of the Great Depression, when few families could afford holidays, Herbert Dyce Murphy invited groups of children to his seaside house on the Mornington Peninsula. He built a tiny railway for them in his garden, took them on picnics and sailing trips, and told them wonderful stories about his past—elaborate tales of whaling ships and royal soirées, of espionage and Antarctic blizzards, full of adventure, intrigue and romance.

How much of it was true? Does it matter? What sort of person was Murphy?

Moira Watson was one of the 'Murphy children'. In The Spy Who Loved Children she explores, with affection and puzzlement, the life of an extraordinary and mysterious man.

Moira Watson

Moira Watson was born in Hobart and moved to Victoria when she was nine, 'exchanging a world of nannies and governesses for the "real world"'. She broke off university studies during World War II to spend four years in the Navy Code and Cypher Room, and later became the first publicity officer for the Melbourne Zoo. The Spy Who Loved Children is her third book.

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