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Issue Details: First known date: 2001... 2001 Nancy Wake : A Biography of Our Greatest War Heroine
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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 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.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins , 2001 .
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      Extent: vii, 310p. [16]p. of platesp.
      Description: illus., ports.
      Note/s:
      • Includes bibliographical references and index
      ISBN: 0732269199
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins , 2011 .
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      Extent: 416p.
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      • Published 11 August 2011
      ISBN: 9780732295257

Works about this Work

Book Review – Nancy Wake by Peter FitzSimons Joanne Peulen , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Booklover Book Reviews 2013;

— Review of Nancy Wake : A Biography of Our Greatest War Heroine Peter FitzSimons , 2001 single work biography
Hedonism, Happenstance, Honour and Heroism Viki Blaik , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Dotlit : The Online Journal of Creative Writing , November vol. 4 no. 2 2003;

— Review of Nancy Wake : A Biography of Our Greatest War Heroine Peter FitzSimons , 2001 single work biography
Hedonism, Happenstance, Honour and Heroism Viki Blaik , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Dotlit : The Online Journal of Creative Writing , November vol. 4 no. 2 2003;

— Review of Nancy Wake : A Biography of Our Greatest War Heroine Peter FitzSimons , 2001 single work biography
Book Review – Nancy Wake by Peter FitzSimons Joanne Peulen , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Booklover Book Reviews 2013;

— Review of Nancy Wake : A Biography of Our Greatest War Heroine Peter FitzSimons , 2001 single work biography
Last amended 10 May 2016 10:17:40
Subjects:
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    England,
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    United Kingdom (UK),
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    Western Europe, Europe,
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    France,
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    Western Europe, Europe,
  • 1939-1945
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