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D-Day Girls
The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The dramatic, untold true story of the extraordinary women recruited by Britain's elite spy agency to help pave the way for Allied victory in World War II"Gripping. Spies,...
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The dramatic, untold true story of the extraordinary women recruited by Britain's elite spy agency to help pave the way for Allied victory in World War II"Gripping. Spies,...
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  • NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The dramatic, untold true story of the extraordinary women recruited by Britain's elite spy agency to help pave the way for Allied victory in World War II
    "Gripping. Spies, romance, Gestapo thugs, blown-up trains, courage, and treachery (lots of treachery)—and all of it true."—Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake
    In 1942, the Allies were losing, Germany seemed unstoppable, and every able man in England was on the front lines. To "set Europe ablaze," in the words of Winston Churchill, the Special Operations Executive (SOE) was forced to do something unprecedented: recruit women as spies. Thirty-nine answered the call, leaving their lives and families to become saboteurs in France.
    In D-Day Girls, Sarah Rose draws on recently de­classified files, diaries, and oral histories to tell the thrilling story of three of these remarkable women. There's Andrée Borrel, a scrappy and streetwise Parisian who blew up power lines with the Gestapo hot on her heels; Odette Sansom, an unhappily married suburban mother who saw the SOE as her ticket out of domestic life and into a meaningful adventure; and Lise de Baissac, a fiercely independent member of French colonial high society and the SOE's unflap­pable "queen." Together, they destroyed train lines, ambushed Nazis, plotted prison breaks, and gathered crucial intelligence—laying the groundwork for the D-Day invasion that proved to be the turning point in the war.
    Rigorously researched and written with razor-sharp wit, D-Day Girls is an inspiring story for our own moment of resistance: a reminder of what courage—and the energy of politically animated women—can accomplish when the stakes seem incalculably high.
    Praise for D-Day Girls
    "Rigorously researched . . . [a] thriller in the form of a non-fiction book."Refinery29
    "Equal parts espionage-romance thriller and historical narrative, D-Day Girls traces the lives and secret activities of the 39 women who answered the call to infiltrate France. . . . While chronicling the James Bond-worthy missions and love affairs of these women, Rose vividly captures the broken landscape of war."The Washington Post
    "Gripping history . . . thoroughly researched and written as smoothly as a good thriller, this is a mesmerizing story of creativity, perseverance, and astonishing heroism."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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  • From the cover ***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected copy proof***

    Copyright © 2018 Sarah Rose

    God Help Us

    London

    Under the eternal gaze of Admiral Lord Nelson, high on a stone column in the center of London, Mrs. Odette Sansom raced toward her appointment at the War Office. The one-eyed, one-armed hero of Trafalgar got pelted in the rain, a bronze memorial to the glory that was Pax Britannica, many bloody conflicts removed from the London of July 10, 1942.

    It was the 1,043rd day of the world's worst war.

    Much of the city lay in ruins, a ragged collection of gaps and edifices, like a child's mouth after a lost tooth. Odette tilted her hat against the unremitting damp and sprinted past the admiral's brass lions as if spirit alone could somehow put London to rights, so that it might smile again.

    Upon meeting Odette, Londoners were confronted with her Gallic élan, her essential Frenchness. She was self-consciously prettier than her English peers: big chestnut eyes, a "fresh complexion" framed by dark hair that was pulled high off her heart-shaped face and hung loose down her neck. Her light coat was cinched with a belt, the only burst of color in an otherwise bland London rain-scape; the city was full of uniforms—soldiers, sailors, airmen. The entire world had gone drab. Although she had lived in England for much of her adult life, Odette never shed her Continental air, nor did she care to; frosty Britain seemed indifferent to sex and to women. With an inextinguishable flair for the theatrical, Odette preened and men in khaki swooned. It was said she even smiled in French.

    The Victoria Hotel was a grande dame on mothballs, requisitioned for war work as the administrative home of the War Office. There were no bellhops to greet Odette; the twinkling chandeliers were packed off to safe storage; the building was dingy and practical like everything else. There were no dandies sharing cigarettes in the pink marble lobby; it was still busy, but with clerks and sergeants, men in mufti held back from the front, the old, the broken, those unsuited for battle, those too useful to be sacrificed. Someone had to run the war.

    Odette arrived on account of a typed invitation—her second from the War Office:

    Dear Madam,

    Your name has been passed to me with the suggestion that you have qualifications and information which may be of value in a phase of the war effort.

    If you are available for interview, I should be glad to see you at the above address at 1100 hrs on Friday 10th July.

    Would you let me know whether you can come or not?

    Yours truly, Selwyn Jepson

    Captain

    For an unhappily married woman in the third year of the war, the letter on government stationery was rife with potential. At a minimum, Odette's appointment afforded a precious afternoon alone; there was a new film opening in Leicester Square, Mrs. Miniver, the story of how English housewives contribute to the war by coping, how matriarchs move mountains while men are at the front. There was window-shopping to do, though, as elsewhere in Europe, very little could be bought under rations on a husband's service pay. At best, the letter might rearrange Odette's life a little, for what "qualifications and information" could the army need but her native French-language skills? Perhaps the War Office sought translators. Or secretaries. She was not too old to type at speed, or she could write letters to prisoners of war in France. That would be a very worthy service.

    Odette did not know what would be asked of her, and the captain's note gave away little. If...

About the Author-

  • SARAH ROSE is the author of For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History. She has written for the Wall Street Journal, Outside,The Saturday Evening Post, and Men's Journal. In 2014, she was awarded the Lowell Thomas Prize in Travel Writing.

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  • AudioFile Magazine This audiobook follows three women of the SOE (Special Operations Executive), a British WWII spy agency . Andree Borrel, Odette Sansom, and Lise de Baissac were recruited during the occupation of France. Together they would destroy train lines, plot prison breaks, and gather crucial intelligence for the Allies. Author and narrator Sarah Rose reveals the incredible hardships these women endured to fight for France during Nazi occupation. Rose's voice reflects that. Her rhythm is brisk and vigorous; her pronunciation of French and German names and places is impressive. The actions the women instigated and the punishments they endured to liberate France were second to none. Rose's performance delivers a new perspective on women in war. E.E.S. � AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine

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