Book Beginning – NANCY WAKE, A Biography by Peter FitzSimons

Nancy Wake by Peter FitzSimonsNancy Wake Synopsis

In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo’s most wanted person.

As a naïve, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that moment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers, perfectly camouflaged by Nancy’s high-society life in Marseille. Her network was soon so successful – and so notorious – that she was forced to flee France to escape the Gestapo, who had dubbed her “the white mouse” for her knack of slipping through its traps.

But Nancy was a passionate enemy of the Nazis and refused to stay away. Supplying weapons and training members of a powerful underground fighting force, organising Allied parachute drops, cycling four hundred kilometres across a mountain range to find a new transmitting radio – nothing seemed too difficult in her fight against the Nazis.

Peter FitzSimons reveals Nancy Wake’s compelling story, a tale of an ordinary woman doing extraordinary things.  (Booktopia)

The Book Beginning is:

In a dingy little room at the back of a modest weatherboard home in the suburb of Roseneath, the air was thick with exhaustion, the sheets and the floor nearby lightly splattered with blood and wetness. On the bed, a woman was just starting to recover from the searing waves of pain that had been washing over her during the supreme effort of giving birth.

A predictable way to open a biography perhaps, but by all accounts the life of Nancy Wake that followed was anything but.

I am rarely attracted to biographies, but this one penned by Aussie Author Peter FitzSimons sounds very compelling… can’t wait to get into it…

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  1. says

    Hi Jo,

    I too, am rarely attracted to memoirs, as I tend towards the opinion that it is a little akin to ‘blowing one’s own trumpet’. Events which may be momentous in your own life, or have made a profound impact on your life, are more often than not very personal and private and should therefore be kept that way.

    Having said that, this does sound like a story of extraordinary courage and bravery, which can only serve as a lesson to all who read it.

    Thanks for sharing and I hope that you enjoy the book.


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