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WWII French Resistance - Female lead character

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WWII French Resistance - Female lead character

Postby cookie » Thu June 25th, 2009, 11:08 pm

I had a borrower at my library requesting a book with a female lead character set in the French Resistance. I suggested White Mouse (non fiction) and Charlotte Gray, but I had trouble thinking of other books.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Postby Chatterbox » Fri June 26th, 2009, 6:17 am

Elizabeth Buchan, Light of the Moon.

There's some not so great stuff from Charlotte Bingham, in some of her novels. You'd have to check to see which titles.

There's Debutante, by Anne Melville. One of the four lead characters gets involved in the resistance.

I can probably come up with a few other ideas, and if so will post them.

There are several very, very good NF books, including "A Life in Secrets", the bio of Vera Atkins of the SOE. There are two very good British TV series if you can get them there (they are on DVD) -- Secret Army (about an escape/evasion line run out of Belgium) and Wish me Luck (about Englishwomen working with French Resistance cells.)

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Postby annis » Fri June 26th, 2009, 8:04 am

If you can handle Ken Follett, his novel "Jackdaws" is about female spies working with the Resistance in the period leading up to D-Day.

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Postby sweetpotatoboy » Fri June 26th, 2009, 10:27 am

I recently read "A Good War" by Patrick Bishop. Mainly set in Britain, but there's a large section where the British are helping out the French Resistance and there's one female member of the resistance that is quite important. But not quite a lead character.

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Postby cookie » Fri June 26th, 2009, 11:57 am

Thank you for the great suggestions so far - keep them coming.
I'll see what we have in our catalogue.

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Postby Ken » Fri June 26th, 2009, 12:32 pm

Not sure about a book, but the exploits of Odette Sansom MBE, George Cross and Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur, was made into a film in 1950 starring Anna Neagle.

Also you might try googling Violette Szabo, whose daughter wrote a book about her exploits.

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Postby Carla » Fri June 26th, 2009, 1:01 pm

Carve Her Name With Pride, by RJ Minney. Biography of Violette Szabo, written in the 50s but recently re-issued by Pen and Sword Books. I read this years and years ago, and found it as gripping and vivid as any novel (and more so than many).

There's a page of links at the Violette Szabo Museum site here: http://www.violette-szabo-museum.co.uk/books.htm, and there might be more suggestions on that.

Also Tears of Glory, by Michael Pearson. This is a non-fiction account of the rising by the Resistance in the Vercors Plateau (south-eastern France) in 1944. Not specifically about a female lead character, but several women feature among the resistance heroes. I had never heard of the Vercors Rising until I hiked through the mountains on a holiday and encountered memorials at every narrow mountain pass to Resistance fighters who died defending the passes against the German army - half a dozen people with rifles against a tank division. It's a magnificent and moving story.
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Postby Chatterbox » Fri June 26th, 2009, 3:14 pm

Carla, yes, it's a fascinating story...
The whole third season of Wish me Luck has plot lines based on all the main characters being involved in Vecors, preparing for the uprising and then....

there is a book by Jerrard Tickell about Odette, but it's a bio. Carve her name with pride is a book as well as a film.

Jackdaws is OK as far as Follett goes. He's playing to his strengths here, although his writing is never that good.

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Postby diamondlil » Sat June 27th, 2009, 12:16 am

Night of Flames by Douglas Jacobsen has a female character who is operating in Holland (I think) that the reader may find interesting.
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Postby cookie » Sat June 27th, 2009, 12:27 am

Thank you all.
I'm noting all these - great suggestions.


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