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A Woman of No Importance

The Untold Story of WWII's Most Dangerous Spy, Virginia Hall

von Purnell, Sonia   (Autor)

The incredible untold story of Virginia Hall, an American woman with a wooden leg who infiltrated Occupied France for the SOE and became the Gestapo's most wanted Allied spy, written by acclaimed biographer Sonia Purnell.

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A New York Times bestseller

'A rousing tale of derring-do' The Times Book of the Week

'A cracking story about an extraordinarily brave woman' Telegraph Best Holiday Beach Reads

'As riveting as any thriller, and as hard to put down' Mick Herron, New York Times

'Gripping ... superb ... a rounded portrait of a complicated, resourceful, determined and above all brave woman' Irish Times

In 1942, the Gestapo would stop at nothing to track down a mysterious 'limping lady' who was fighting for the freedom of France. The Nazi chiefs issued a simple but urgent command: 'She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her.'

The Gestapo's target was Virginia Hall, a glamorous American with a wooden leg who broke through the barriers against her gender and disability to be the first woman to infiltrate Vichy France for the SOE. In so doing she helped turn the course of the intelligence war.

This is the epic tale of an heiress who determined that a hunting accident would not define her existence; a young woman who gambled her life to fight for the freedoms she believed in; an espionage novice who helped to light the flame of French Resistance.

Based on new and extensive research, Sonia Purnell has for the first time uncovered the full secret life of Virginia Hall, an astounding and inspiring story of heroism, spycraft, resistance and personal triumph over shocking adversity. 

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Purnell's account of Hall's hectic, amphetamine-fuelled exploits never falters. It recalls Caroline Moorehead's wonderful book, Village of Secrets, but has an added touch of Ben Macintyre's brio ... A rousing tale of derring-do' Richard Davenport-Hines The Times, Book of the Week 

Autoreninfo

Purnell, Sonia
Sonia Purnell is a biographer and journalist who has written for The Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, and The Sunday Times. Her book First Lady: The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill was a book of the year in the Daily Telegraph, the Independent and Lenny Letter, and was shortlisted for the Plutarch Award for Best Biography. Her first book, Just Boris: A Tale of Blond Ambition, was longlisted for the Orwell prize. 

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Purnell, Sonia

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Medium: Buch
Format: Kartoniert
Seiten: 416
Sprache: Englisch
Erschienen: März 2019
Sonstiges: .605258
Maße: 233 x 151 mm
Gewicht: 571 g
ISBN-10: 034901017X
ISBN-13: 9780349010175

Bestell-Nr.: 25002726 
 

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