A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of Virginia Hall, WWII’s Most Dangerous Spy
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In September 1941, a young American woman strides up the steps of a hotel in Lyon, Vichy France. Her papers say she is a journalist. Her wooden leg is disguised by a determined gait and a distracting beauty. She is there to spark the resistance.
By 1942 Virginia Hall was the Gestapo's most urgent target, having infiltrated Vichy command, trained civilians in guerrilla warfare and sprung soldiers from Nazi prison camps. The first woman to go undercover for British SOE, her intelligence changed the course of the war - but her fight was still not over.
This is a spy history like no other, telling the story of the hunting accident that disabled her, the discrimination she fought and the secret life that helped her triumph over shocking adversity.
Paperback : 416 pages
ISBN-13 : 9780349010168
Product Dimensions : 12.6 x 3.4 x 19.6 cm
Publisher : Virago (2 April 2020)
Language: : English
Look out for Sonia's eagerly-awaited new book - out in March in the UK and in April in the US. A Woman of No Importance is the astonishing tale of how a glamorous young woman lost a leg in a hunting accident but then became one of the most successful Allied secret agents of WWII. Virginia Hall's story of resistance, spycraft and triumph over shocked adversity is one of the most compelling examples of female heroism behind enemy lines of all time. Virginia became the Gestapo's most wanted Allied agent in wartime France but managed to elude them for three long years in the field while helping to liberate whole swathes of France.
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