Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.
|Print List Price:||£9.99|
Save £6.00 (60%)
Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan Kindle Edition
|Length: 296 pages|
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
Hers was an idyllic life with a deeply blissful childhood in Britain. Come World War 2, she opted perhaps incongruently with her upbringing, for service with the Special Ops Executive as a Wireless operator in occupied France. Dubbed the 'Potty Princess' by SOE members, nevertheless she proved outstandingly courageous when finally dropped into France where she lasted a few months typing out vital messages on her wireless. Her death came after Gestapo interrogation and her death was swift on arrival in Dachau where on a shot to the head she was desposed of in the ovens. To read the life changing works of her father is to understand how extraordinarily tragic was the death of this brave young girl, of the noble house of Tipu Sultan. As a War account, this is a well written story of one the thousands of unsung heroes of that terrible period in history revealing the great risks of that courageous organisation the SOE.
Noor is an utterly compelling character. While training to be an SOE agent most of her instructors were adamant she should not be used. She was easily flustered, scatter-brained, terrified of weapons. She was also beautiful and thus highly conspicuous – the obverse of ideal for a secret agent. SOE however were desperate for wireless operators. Upon arriving in France she quickly made several highly dangerous mistakes – forgetting passwords, leaving her codes lying about, preserving written versions of all the messages she sent to London which she was told to destroy. And yet, she was to become tremendously courageous and cunning and eventually was the last Wireless operator at large in Paris with the entire Paris Gestapo on her trail.
It has to be said this isn’t a great biography. This isn’t wholly the fault of the biographer (though her repeated reference to British “jets” becomes annoying as surely it’s common knowledge Britain was yet to produce a jet aircraft in 1943/44). By the nature of her work Noor was elusive. The months before her capture she was often alone or liaising with fellow agents who were to be executed by the Nazis. So there are big gaps which have to be filled in with guesswork, which is also true of periods of her captivity in Gestapo prisons.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is not the a book of great literary skill, however the story is really worth knowing about, I would recommend, what a brave and unusual heroine.Published 1 month ago by AMT
Very pleased with purchase. Good value and professional service. Many thanks!Published 3 months ago by Wordsmith
I recently got back into reading and am not really fussed about genre, fiction or non-fiction - I'm just after a good read. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ikhlaq Shah
No problems at all downloading this book to my kindle or PC.Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
This story is an inspiration to others, in the face of dangers we will never comprehend as well as the heroine she did not falter.Would recommend this as a must readPublished 9 months ago by L. Travis
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Biography > Historical
- Books > Biography > Medical, Legal & Social Sciences > Medical
- Books > Biography > Political
- Books > Biography > War & Espionage > Espionage
- Books > Biography > Women
- Books > History > Military History > Military Intelligence & Espionage
- Books > History > World History > World War II 1939-1945 > Battles & Campaigns
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Biography & True Accounts > Historical
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Biography & True Accounts > Professionals & Academics > Medical
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Biography & True Accounts > Women
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > History > Military