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Tomorrow to be Brave [Paperback]

Susan Travers , Wendy Holden
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3 Sep 2001
"Wherever you go, I will go too". These were the words Susan Travers spoke to General Koenig of the Free French and the Foreign Legion of North Africa, and they were tested to the limit. Surrounded for 15 days by Rommel's Afrika Korps, Susan was awarded the Legion d'Honneur for her heroism.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Books; New edition edition (3 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552148148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552148146
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 646,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A striking account of an extraordinary life' The Times on Tomorrow to be Brave. 'Truly remarkable' Sunday Telegraph on Tomorrow to be Brave. 'A touching, moving piece of history, as well as a love story' Yorkshire Post on Tomorrow to be Brave.

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'Wherever you go, I will go too.'

These were the words Susan Travers spoke to General Koenig, the Commander of the Free French and the Foreign Legion in North Africa during the Second World War, and the man with whom she was in love.

Her words were about to be tested to the limit. It was early Spring 1942, and under the pitiless desert sky the great siege of Bir Hakeim was about to begin. Surrounded for fifteen days and nights by Rommel's Afrika Korps, outnumbered ten to one, pounded by Stuka and Heinkel bombers, Susan, the General and the thousand soldiers seemed doomed. Then, one moonless night, the French made an audacious bid for freedom. Speeding across the minefields of no-man's-land towards Rommel's deadly Panzer tanks, Susan led the convoy of men and vehicles away from Bir Hakeim. Hailed as the heroine of the night, she was awarded the Military Medal and the Legion d'Honneur.

Tomorrow to be Brave is the story of Susan Travers's amazing life, from her childhood in England and the South of France, to her decision to join the Free French, and her time as a regular serving officer in the Foreign Legion - the only woman ever to achieve this. A tale of exceptional courage, it is also a passionate love story.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read from cover to cover. 23 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Expecting biographies to be turgid and dry I have tended steer clear of them. No fear of that though with Susan Travers' gripping story. I found the book, which has a light easy style, compelling reading. We are fortunate that "La Miss" has shared her adventures with us as they, and the people in them, deserve to be remembered.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Autobiography or Novel ? 7 Sep 2005
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Don't be afraid if you feel bored at first. Once you've known the characters and Susan, you will soon fall in love with her. I bought this book because I like reading autobiographies of military people but I soon found out that it was more than an autobiography, it was a love story. It is the story of Susan Travers who is fighting for France and in the quest to finding her true self, she helps others, she fights, she falls, she is afraid, she falls in love with General Koenig, she is brave. For me "brave" refers to two things in this story: one refers to the bravery at war at the macroscomic level and the other refers to her bravery during the fight against herself at the microcosmic level. I am not disappointed with this book, some lines might even make you cry...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book we should all read 27 Dec 2009
Fascinating and moving story of a remarkable woman. Not the best written book but a moving tale of a real life and an unusual angle on WW2 through the eyes of the French Foreign Legion and their war in North Africa & latterly Europe. a great story of love bravery & hardship
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truely fasinating story 29 Jun 2006
This is one of my top favourite books. I am not usually big on biographies but this book touched me. It is such a fantastic story made all the more special as you know it is true. After you have finished go and find General Konig in the Imperial War Museum in London, there is a small section about the French Foreign Legion and him.... You feel like you know him when looking through the glass at his picture.

Even if you don't like books about the war this story is fascinating and truly inspiring but also very sad.... I also dare anyone not to be really moved by that last photo in the book as Susan is being awarded her medal by the General - never can so much be read into one picture......
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5.0 out of 5 stars A quite remarkable story 11 May 2002
By A Customer
This is a superb story. Not the best written book I've ever read, but that does not detract from the story. Susan Travers, an Englishwoman living in France, is looking to play a role in the Second World War. And what a role she ends up playing. Based in north Africa as the driver for Pierre Koenig, she becomes his mistress as well as his driver. But this is more the story of the fight of the Free French than of a military love affair. The battle with Rommel and the flight across the desert while under fire are quite inspirational. You live the experiences with "La Miss" and I could not put this book down. I recommend this amazing story to everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really Interesting read 30 Jan 2012
By Mike A
I confess I didn't buy this for myself, or indeed have read it. It was a present for my wife, who is a two-book-a-week reader with eclectic tastes. She thought it was great. Well written and a fascinating biography of a woman who had a unique life. This copy is now doing the rounds of all of her friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Book 8 Jun 2011
This really is a great book. The story is quite incredible and the pace of the book is good, hard to put down. I was very impressed by the lady and her life with the Legion , and they did stand by her. I could not imagine that happening in the Britsh Army for a moment. This book has interest from a war perspective but also from a human perspective. I would recomend anyone to read it and be inspired.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary autobiography of the only woman to serve in the French...
Susan Travers's autobiography "Tomorrow to be Brave" is a true story of events which no fiction writer would have dared to use in a novel. Read more
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Bought this as a present for a friend as I had read the book and enjoyed it very much. It is a love story and a amazing life story.
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A heartbreaking but brilliantly told non-fictional story of great highs and devastating lows, detailing the amazing life of a true heroine, Susan Travser.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
A seriously inspirational read. Feeling sorry for yourself? This book should pick you up by the socks and hoof you into positivity.
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I purchased this book for my sister in law and her book club reading at her request. Both the price and promptness of delivery delighted her.
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