I confess, I didn't buy this book on Amazon, I bought it in the Palace House shop in situ at Beaulieu. I'm interested in the history of the SOE and I love Beaulieu and the New Forest, so this was bound to interest me. It's informative and clearly written, and very much a work of local history, detailing as it does the activities of the SOE Finishing School around the Beaulieu estate. The research is thorough and the account convincing. A lot of ink has been spilled on the SOE (not all of it invisible!) and this book makes, I think, a useful addition as it highlights the importance of Beaulieu in the history of the Second World War. I found the restrained tone struck just the right note. For those of us who did not live through the war, we are always humbled and awed by the bravery of those who did. The book especially captures the atmoshpere of Beaulieu as a haven of peace for agents before they were thrown into the horrors of war and the cruelty of the Gestapo.