Priscilla : The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France, Paperback

Priscilla : The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France Paperback

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This is the astonishing true story of a young woman's adventures, and misadventures, in the dangerous world of Nazi-occupied France.

For Priscilla, pre-war Paris was an exciting carousel of suitors, soirees and heartbreak, and eventually a lavish wedding to a French aristocrat.

But the arrival of the Nazi tanks signalled the end of life as a Vicomtesse, and the beginning of a precarious existence under German Occupation.

Over half a century later, her nephew, Nicholas Shakespeare, found a box of Priscilla's notebooks and journals.

He began investigating the rumours that she had escaped a prisoner-of-war camp and fought for the Resistance - and he finally unearthed the truth behind suspicions of disreputable love affairs and far darker secrets. "Haunting". (The Times). "Extraordinary". (Observer). "Vivid". (Mail on Sunday). "Gripping". (New York Times).




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A remarkable biography, in the way the author has found, researched and interpreted the life and times of a family member, his aunt Priscilla. In many ways Priscilla is unexceptional and not endearing, yet her life story is full of twists and turns. The danger and stress of life in occupied France, during World War II are well described and who am I to judge the choices Priscilla made to survive and get by. A long lost letter to her step daughter, revealed in the final pages, is full of simple good sense and humanity. Priscilla was a damaged soul even before the war started, yet I am at the end glad to have read this particular book.

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