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The book and film Carve Her Name With Pride have moved millions of men and women with their tale of incredible bravery and fortitude. The heroine Violette Szabo was an attractive young mother who volunteered for the Special Operations Executive, and after arduous training, parachuted into Nazi-occupied France only to die heroically and tragically. Her courage was recognised by the award of the George Cross.
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Susan Ottaway is the author of a number of successful books including Dambuster - The Life of Guy Gibson VC and She Who Dared, the dramatic story of an underground intelligence operator in Northern Ireland. She lives near Andover, Hampshire.Review:
‘Ottaway confirms that she is a meticulous researcher and first-rate historian.’
‘This excellent biography presents a vivid portrait of Violette as an agent and as a person. Extensive research and interviews with people who knew and worked with her have enabled the author to set out the facts and re-examine Violette's remarkable life. This is a moving and gripping read which offers a valuable insight into the character of one of Britain's greatest heroines.’
“Susan Ottaway’s biography of Szabo is in many ways, a counter point to Crave Her Name with Pride. Ottaway was able to interview not only Szabo’s brothers but also her daughter Tania. What is interesting is looking at what Szabo and her daughter think about Szabo’s work and the “morality” of a mother doing such duty. Ottaway also details life after the war and how the family was treated by the makers of the film. Four stars.”
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“In 1935 at the age of only fourteen Violette Bushell left school. In 1944 she was a beautiful widow and the Mother of a young daughter when she undertook two secret missions in France as a Special Operations Executive. Shortly after D-Day a few days into her second mission she was arrested and sent to Ravensbrück Concentration Camp. She was executed at the beginning of 1945. I give this book five out of five stars!”
“Well written and informative, I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the Second World War.”
Kazimiera Pendrey - Reviewer
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Book Description Pen & Sword Books Ltd, 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M085052976X
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # S-085052976X
Book Description Pen & Sword Books Ltd, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX085052976X