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5.0 out of 5 stars Odette:World War Two's Darling Spy
This is an amazing and absolutely terrific book, I could not put it down. The true story of an endearing and courageous S.O.E. agent who became the first woman to receive the George Cross. It is well researched, and brilliantly written. The description of Odette's time in Ravensbruck was so vivid I felt as though I was in there with her. Wonderful and inspirational...
Published on 27 Oct 2009 by Jo Denners

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3.0 out of 5 stars So much left unsaid
I was quite disappointed with this book. I have learned so much more about Odette from other books. There was nothing said about her denunciation of Nicholas Bodington when she came back after the war and some events seemed to be glossed over. For anyone who has not read any in depth history of SOE and some of its agents I suppose it would be a reasonable read.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Odette:World War Two's Darling Spy, 27 Oct 2009
This is an amazing and absolutely terrific book, I could not put it down. The true story of an endearing and courageous S.O.E. agent who became the first woman to receive the George Cross. It is well researched, and brilliantly written. The description of Odette's time in Ravensbruck was so vivid I felt as though I was in there with her. Wonderful and inspirational account of this gallant woman and a jolly good read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very readable biography, 20 July 2010
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This book recounts Odette's life against a vividly-created background of both the broader political and military developments taking place in the world, and the more local circumstances and events. The accounts of Odette's resistance activities are full of fascinating telling detail and her experience of Ravensbruck concentration camp vividly and chillingly recreated. The author gives insights into Odette's beliefs, feelings and outlook on life and also clarifies her relationships without being judgmental. Finally Penny Starns analyses, in a clear and balanced way, the post-war controversies surrounding the role of the SOE (Special Operations Executive) and that of Odette and other agents, and unravels some of political machinations involved. Well-written and very readable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars So much left unsaid, 7 Nov 2011
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I was quite disappointed with this book. I have learned so much more about Odette from other books. There was nothing said about her denunciation of Nicholas Bodington when she came back after the war and some events seemed to be glossed over. For anyone who has not read any in depth history of SOE and some of its agents I suppose it would be a reasonable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very Interesting, 1 Dec 2013
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I'm reading a lot of these war time history books and this is very well written and elaborates on what I have learnt from others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Odette: World War Two's Darling Spy, 9 July 2013
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An inspiring story of how an ordinary housewife became a British spy and who showed so much courage and determination but was betrayed by one of her own. If only we had more women like this in the world today for young women to aspire to .
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