Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan

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History Press, Apr 11, 2011 - History - 288 pages
This is the riveting story of Noor Inayat Khan, a descendant of an Indian Prince Tipu Sultan (the Tiger of Mysore), who became a British secret agent for SOE during World War II. Shrabani Basu tells the moving story of Noor's life, from her birth in Moscow - where her father was a Sufi preacher - to her capture by the Germans. Noor was one of only three women SOE agents awarded the George Cross and, under torture, revealed nothing, not even her own real name. Kept in solitary confinement, her hands and feet chained together, Noor was starved and beaten, but the Germans could not break her spirit. Then months after she was captured, she was taken to Dachau concentration camp and, on 13th September 194, she was shot. Her last word was 'Liberté'.

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User Review  - thiscatsabroad - LibraryThing

A heart-breaking story of courageous woman: well researched but the writing is highly simplistic and details often repeated. I was riveted to Noor´s story but, at times, felt that the author was writing to an audience of children. Read full review

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Slightly sappy, but you can't deny the power or tragedy of its subject matter. Read full review

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