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Publisher Description

The number one bestselling biography of our greatest war heroine - over 84,000 copies sold in its first two formats. 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.

Biographies & Memoirs
1 October
HarperCollins Australia Pty Limited

Customer Reviews

Miss Shushine ,

What an amazing woman

I have just about finished the audio book version of this and have been throughly gripped. What a truly amazing and heroic woman she was so full of guts and spunk. I will be keen to learn more of Nancy Wake.

Gumtree User89 ,


Couldn't put it down, and loved every word. Wonderfully written and amazing attention to detail. A must read for any young Australian woman. Can re-read this book over and over.

Meztron ,

Interesting life, awful writing

I can't understand why this journo is so popular. Nancy Wakes life is a fascinating subject which he manages to make dull by lack of descriptions and characterisations.

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