• "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