To War with Whitaker: Wartime Diaries of the Countess of Ranfurly, 1939-45

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When World War II broke out, Dan Ranfurly was dispatched to the Middle East with his faithful valet, Whitaker. These are the diaries of his young wife, Hermione, who, defying the War Office, raced off in hot pursuit of her husband. When Dan was taken prisoner, Hermione vowed never to return home until they were reunited. For six years, travelling alone from Cape Town to Palestine, and meeting such charismatic characters as Churchill, Eisenhower, and a parrot called Coco on the way, she kept her promise.

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Just married at the start of WWII, the Countess of Ranfurly had no intention of sending her husband off to war without her. Defying the War Office, she joined his valet, Whitaker, and became a valued staff secretary to various generals in the Middle East, bouncing between Cape Town and Cairo, courting danger, and meeting the likes of Churchill and Eisenhower. British actress Patricia Hodge reads these diaries with an intimacy and directness that preserve their immediacy and all the youthful countess's daring. Her vitality as a reader bridges the many facets of the countess's personality. Part of the time Hodge is the buoyant, energetic countess, exploring the mountains of Lebanon; the next day she is the efficient secretary to General Jumbo Wilson, organizing the drive to push Rommel out of North Africa. Ranfurly and Hodge combine to show another face of war. P.E.F. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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An extraordinary story. No review can do justice to the writing -- Robert Rhodes-James Sunday Express These absolutely spiffing diaries offer a madcap, aristocratic window behind the lines of war Daily Mail Few diaries from any era could be as fascinating ... This is truly compulsive reading Woman and Home

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