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  • A pin-sharp biography which unfurls like gripping fiction… wonderful, haunting, thought-provoking

    Melanie Reid, The Times
  • I have not read a better portrait of the moral impossibility of that time and place for people, like Priscilla, who found themselves trapped in it... A wonderful book

    Daily Telegraph
  • As Shakespeare acknowledges, his aunt’s is one of millions of wartime stories. But thanks to the extensive paperwork, and his energetic digging, he creates a detailed and vivid narrative. This is a moving, and constantly surprising story

    Matthew Bell, Independent on Sunday
  • So gripping it reads like a novel

    Rachel Johnson, Evening Standard
  • This mysterious story of the Occupation in France has all the qualities of a fascinating novel, with exquisite social, sexual and moral nuance

    Antony Beevor

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