Purnell s account of Hall s hectic, amphetamine fuelled exploits never falters It recalls Caroline Moorehead s wonderful book, Village of Secrets, but has an added touch of Ben Macintyre s brio A rousing tale of derring do Richard Davenport Hines The Times, Book of the Week Soon to be a film starring Daisy Ridley, Purnell s life of the SOE agent Virginia Hall is a cracking story about an extraordinarily brave woman Telegraph Best Holiday Beach Reads As gripping as any thriller a superb biography Purnell nimbly takes the reader through Hall s complicated manoeuvres all over central France and beyond And in doing so, she paints a rounded portrait of a complicated, resourceful, determined and above all brave woman Irish Times Brimming with moving tales of courage in the face of tyranny, this is a worthy tribute to an incredible figure Deirdre O Brien Sunday Mirror A cracking story of an extraordinarily brave womanextraordinarily well researchedthrilling Anne de Courcy Telegraph ExcellentPurnell s meticulous research into Hall s life and work has taken her not only through British SOE papers and resistance files in France, but also through nine levels of security at the CIA in Langley Spectator Purnell mixes telling detail with narrative verve to convey both the excitements of Hall s precarious existence and the force of her indomitable spirit Mail on Sunday Riveting one of the most breath taking stories yet told of female courage behind enemy lines An intimate and moving portrayal Sarah Helm, author of If This Is A Woman and A Life In Secrets A gripping, relevant and timely read about a remarkable woman from a talented writer Deborah Frances White, author of The Guilty Feminist Purnell s extensive research brings the facts of Virginia s life into brilliant focus Jane Shilling Evening StandardThe incredible untold story of Virginia Hall, an American woman with a wooden leg who infiltrated Occupied France for the SOE and became the Gestapo s most wanted Allied spy, written by acclaimed biographer Sonia Purnell