Eliza Manningham-Buller

Gertrude Bell with Sir Percy Cox on a visit to Mesopotamia in 1917. ‘She was never actually a member of the Foreign Office; rather a semi-detached and useful wartime extra’. mansell/time&life pictures/getty images

The Foreign Office's long war on women

17 May 2014 9:00 am

I faltered during the preface to this account of the rise of the female (British) diplomat. Helen McCarthy, a historian…