Violette Szabo: the life that I have

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Leo Cooper, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 194 pages
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The book and film Carve Her Name With Pride have moved millions of men and women with their tale of incredible bravery and fortitude. The heroine Violette Szabo was an attractive young mother who volunteered for the Special Operations Executive, and after arduous training, parachuted into Nazi-occupied France. Captured dramatically by the Germans she was tortured and cruelly shot in Ravensbruck Concentration Camp, aged a mere 23 years old. Inevitably fact and fiction have become confused in the past, but this well researched biography reveals the truth behind this remarkable and extremely brave young woman's story. Selling Points Violette Szabo is probably the most famous of all the British secret agents of WW2; thanks in part to Virginia McKenna's portrayal of her in Carve Her Name With Pride Superbly researched and written, this book is the first full biography. It draws on family papers and Violette's daughter's support Now in paperback at a very affordable ???? Original hardback edition quickly sold out Strong female appeal

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Welcome for beiing one of the few treatments of a neglected but worthy subject. The author falls into the trap of feeling she has to include every extraneous detail she can find. A book where less would have been more. Read full review


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Susan Ottaway is the author of four books: "Dambuster: a Life of Guy Gibson VC" (Pen & Sword, 1994, 1996, 2003); (with Jackie George) "She Who Dared: Covert Operations in Northern Ireland" with the SAS (Pen & Sword, 1999); "Violette Szabo – The Life That I Have" (Naval Institute Press, 1976, Pen & Sword, 2002, 2003); "Hitler’ s Traito"rs (Pen & Sword, 2003). She lives in Hampshire, England.