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on 14 November 2017
this is one of the best books I have read about WW2 resistance fighters, a very, very brave women, character of steel at time treated very badly by the English and French but loved by so many and also respected by so many, and feared by the Germans who put a large price on her head but just could not catch her, lived rough for so many years to avoid the feared men in black, best book money could by. Regards Don
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on 18 May 2014
Pearl Witherington grew up in Paris struggling to make sure that her mother and sisters would not go hungry and have a place to live. After the fall of Paris, the family makes to London where Pearl becomes a member of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and is parachuted back into France where she becomes the only woman who runs a network.
"She Landed by Moonlight: The Story of Secret Agent Pearl Witherington" by Carole Seymour-Jones was a good book telling a story a young woman who passion for her country would lead her to fight for her country. This was a good book and a great story about one woman's fight.
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on 30 August 2013
this is a well researched, well written book, My interest in it stems from the fact that my father was a trainer first at Beaulieu in the New Forest and then in North Africa so i grew up surrounded by books about these brave people although they were never talked about. It is very readable, humorous in places and very moving, i enjoyed every minute of it and couldnt put it down!
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on 15 September 2013
I found the story absolutely fascinating, and were it not so thoroughly researched and referenced you might think it was fiction. The background of internal conflicts within the British security services and the government, plus mutual suspicions between British and French politicians and security personnel, all add to my wondering how the allies succeeded in the war with Germany. The heroism, leadership and romanticism of Pearl Witherington are very engaging, and her lack of recognition by the British authorities until many years later is shocking. The one limitation is that to some extent the book reads as a very detailed study rather than a powerful narrative.
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on 1 October 2013
This is the story of Pearl Witherington as she fought with the resistance in France. She led 3,000 men making life as difficult as possible for the invading Germans. Often with few resources and in the knowledge that her face was on "wanted" posters she continued her dangerous work against the odds, and won the love and respect of the men she led.
This book is a powerful record and history of a period of time, and the people involved, that we must know of, and be awed and humbled by.
Just read it.
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on 12 December 2013
When I started reading this book I did not really like the writing style, it was a bit too much like a romantic novel, but after a few pages it became obvious that that this true story of unbelievably brave French resistance fighters and British agents needed to be read and the writing style did not detract from my enjoyment of this book at all.
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on 18 February 2018
very satisfied
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on 25 September 2017
Lovely book , bought for a present
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on 12 May 2014
For any one interested in the history of WW2, especially the history of the agents dropped into France, this is a superb read, and one that I had missed out on, will no doubt read it again, excellent.
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on 19 April 2014
I have always been fascinated by the S.O.E women and this book does not disappoint. In many ways Pearl was an unsung hero until you read this. I found her story both thrilling and sad. What an amazing person!
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