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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 naive, 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.
©2002 Peter Fitzsimons (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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By Simone on 09-04-12

Who The "BLEEP" is Nancy Wake??

Like (I assume) many of you reading this review, I had never heard of Nancy Wake before coming across this book. What a find! Her story was fascinating.

If you enjoy stories set in WW2 like I do, you'll enjoy this captivating biography of "The White Mouse" as she was referred to by the Gestapo.

She served as a British agent during the later part of World War Two and became a leading figure in the Maquis groups of the French Resistance. Up until this point, I thought the Maquis was a rebel group of space fighters (Chakotay, Seska and B'Elanna) battling against the Cardassians! HA! How stupid do I feel now?

Many people feel that the author's writing style was too humorous and therefore inappropriate but I disagree. I think the slightly dry, sarcastic tone fits the character perfectly! No nonsense, straight forward, not afraid to call a spade a spade. I enjoyed the writing style very much.

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By Lorraine on 11-16-10

Nancy Wake (an Australian Hero)

Nancy Wakes story is truly remarkable, she was engaged as a spy behind enemy lines and served with courage and pride, I urge every person who is interested in WWII and SOE to read this book, it is superbly written, wittty enough to show her true personality and serious but easily read to understand the terrible risks she undertook. She was also one on the only persons not to receive a medal after the war because of her colonial background. You must read this it is riveting.

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By Ellen on 08-01-11

well worth the read

While I myself had never heard of Nancy Wake and only found the book by browsing owing to a few idle few minutes, If you have any interest in the 2nd world war or espionage and courage displayed of real live heros/heroines you will enjoy this book. I can recomend it both as great listening educational and enlightening experience as well as being thought provoking on how her own country ignored her for so long.

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By Hellsbelles on 06-10-16

What a woman! Great life, great book.

Loved it. Knitted a whole baby coat listening to this story of Nancy's amazing war time experiences. Recommend it.

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By Jennifer2 on 12-27-17

Enjoyed it.

I really enjoyed this book and its narration. I'd heard of the White Mouse, but no further details. An astounding character, of the type who wins wars.
I am horrified that Australia was so late to honour her decently.
I did get a feeling that these were reflections from much later in Nancy's life, by the way many memories were summed with "I just loved it " or "they were wonderful" and similar. Some details I found back in obituaries and other news reports.
Nevertheless, I learned a lot and stood in awe.

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By Anonymous User on 10-25-17

An incredible story

Nancy Wake’s story almost defies belief. What an amazing, gutsy woman she was. This story had me hooked from a few minutes in. The narration was a little tiresome at times with some words repeated three times for what purpose I wasn’t sure?! (I didn’t feel like it added to the story telling at all). Overall an amazing story of one truly heroic woman.

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