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Train to Nowhere: One Woman's World War II, Ambulance Driver, Reporter, Liberator Hardcover – 24 Aug 2017

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Caravel (24 Aug. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1448216834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1448216833
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 3 x 14.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Train to Nowhere is the most gripping piece of war reportage I have ever read: particularly affecting is Anita Leslie's account of the Battle of Colmar, where her descriptions are almost too unbearable to take in. What a writer! Her observations, mixed with dry humour and compassion, place her at the heart of the conflict and somehow apart from it, as a good historian should be. Remarkable. (Joanna Lumley 2017-07-01)

A vivid memoir, beautifully crafted, by a remarkable woman at a unique period in modern history. Her skills of observation are penetrating and make this book a marvellously accessible account of WWII. Unputdownable (Mary S. Lovell Author of The Mitford Girls 2017-06-23)

Anita Leslie was a lionhearted heroine of the first order, whose extraordinary bravery and sangfroid knew no bounds...An astonishing life and a fascinating book (Anjelica Huston 2017-05-23)

A triumph of a memoir. Anita Leslie bears testament to the many courageous women who lived and fought in World War II (Amanda Foreman author of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire 2017-11-02)

For every distressing episode there is the leavening effect of Anita Leslie's indomitable spirit, her canny observations and wry sense of humour in the face of unimaginable adversity, all of which turned the book into something quite unexpected and extraordinary (Dovegreyreader 2017-11-12)

A vivid reminder that a woman can experience and write about a war, and seventy years on, her words stand the test of time: precise and compelling (Kate Adie BBC Broadcaster 2017-05-17)

It's glorious! Had me utterly gripped, I couldn't put it down. I wish I'd been able to meet her and ask her a thousand questions about the war (Caroline Wyatt BBC War Correspondent 2017-08-24)

The emotional truths of front-line war revealed - a charming writer, bold, female and brave (Fay Weldon Author of Death of a She Devil 2017-05-19)

Train to Nowhere speaks of another mood, a different time and a grittier generation...This, surely, is the second world war we want to rediscover in print (Robert McCrum Observer)

If Evelyn Waugh's Mrs Algernon Stitch had been possessed of a heart, a sense of humour, and a glorious prose style, it could be said that she was a dead ringer for Anita Leslie. Train to Nowhere is a glorious book, brought back to vivid life. (John Banville Booker Prize winning author of The Sea 2017-07-07)

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'Train To Nowhere is the most gripping piece of war reportage I have ever read: particularly affecting is Anita Leslie's account of the Battle of Colmar, where her descriptions are almost too unbearable to take in. What a writer! Her observations, mixed with dry humour and compassion, place her at the heart of the conflict and somehow apart from it, as a good historian should be. Remarkable.' Joanna Lumley

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