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Lonely Courage: The true story of the SOE heroines who fought to free Nazi-occupied France Paperback – 1 October 2018

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‘A fascinating, superbly researched and revelatory book – told with tremendous pace and excitement’ -- William Boyd

‘This compelling and complete account of the extraordinarily courageous women of SOE is at turns enthralling, edge-of-the-seat exciting and also heart-breaking. The way in which they were sent into Nazi-occupied Europe and left to face unspeakable danger remains astonishing and Stroud's book is a reminder and fitting testimony to their immense bravery’ -- James Holland

‘Stroud has a storyteller’s eye for human detail matched with a researcher’s diligence.’

  ― Independent on Sunday

‘Each of the lives that Stroud relates so well offers a shining example of heroism – dauntless, patriotic readiness to risk everything for the cause of human decency.’  -- Nigel Jones ― Sunday Telegraph

‘In this superb book, Rick Stroud honours their awe-inspiring bravery and self-sacrifice by telling their stories with an historian’s attention to detail and a novelist’s empathy and sense of drama… it is a pacy chronological account…  vividly and concisely delivered by a writer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of World War Two.’  -- Rebecca McQuillan ― The Herald

Written with genuine vigour, this book pays tribute to truly outstanding female bravery...this is a book that lingers in the mind long after the last page’   -- Elizabeth Fitzherbert ― The Lady

'A gripping narrative' -- Marcus Binney ― Country Life

'Fascinating ... a hugely engaging account, that weaves the women’s stories together with increasing momentum towards its poignant conclusion.’ -- Clare Mulley ― Spectator

'A timely and important book...we are in awe of their courage' -- Alan Ogden

'Superbly written'  -- Elizabeth Buchan

About the Author

Rick Stroud is a producer, director and writer. His most recent book, Lonely Courage: The True Story of the SOE Heroines who Fought to Free Nazi-Occupied France (Simon & Schuster, 2017), has been optioned by Tessa Ross at House Productions and he is the author of several other books. He is a trustee of the London Library and lives in London.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster UK (1 October 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1471155668
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1471155666
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13 x 1.95 x 19.8 cm
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