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Priscilla : the hidden life of an Englishwoman in wartime France, Nicholas Shakespeare

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Priscilla : the hidden life of an Englishwoman in wartime France
Title
Priscilla
Title remainder
the hidden life of an Englishwoman in wartime France
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Nicholas Shakespeare
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Language
eng
Summary
'A most strange and compelling book driven by the writer's unsparing search for truth: now an optimistic hunt for a family heroine, now a study in female wiles of survival, now a portrait of one very ordinary person's frailty in the face of terrible odds.' John le Carr When Nicholas Shakespeare accidentally stumbled across a box documents belonging to his late aunt he was completely unaware of where this discovery would take him. The Priscilla he remembered was very different from the glamorous, morally ambiguous young woman who emerged from the many love letters and journals, surrounded by suitors and living the dangerous existence of a British woman in a country controlled by the enemy. He had heard rumours that Priscilla had fought in the Resistance, but the truth turned out to be far more complicated. As he investigated his aunt's life, dark secrets emerged. Nicholas discovered the answer to the questions he'd been puzzling over: What caused the breakdown of Priscilla's marriage to a French aristocrat? Why had she been interned in a prisoner-of-war camp and how had she escaped? And who was the 'Otto' she was having a relationship with as Paris was liberated? Priscilla's story show us the precariousness of life in occupied France, when loyalties were compromised and life could change in an instant. It gives us an intimate insight into women's lives in times of conflict and asks us to consider what we might do to survive in similar circumstances
Summary
When Nicholas Shakespeare stumbled across a box of documents belonging to his late aunt, Priscilla, he was completely unaware of where this discovery would take him and what he would learn about her hidden past. The glamorous, mysterious figure he remembered from his childhood was very different from the morally ambiguous young woman who emerged from the trove of love letters, photographs, and journals, surrounded by suitors and living the dangerous existence of a British woman in a country controlled bythe enemy. He had heard rumors that Priscilla had fought in the Resistance, but the truth turned out to be far more complicated. As he investigated his aunt's life, dark secrets emerged, and Nicholas discovered the answers to the questions over which he'd been puzzling: What caused the breakdown of Priscilla's marriage to a French aristocrat? Why had she been interned in a prisoner-of-war camp, and how had she escaped? And who was the "Otto" with whom she was having a relationship as Paris was liberated?Piecing together fragments of one woman's remarkable and tragic life, Priscilla is at once a stunning story of detection, a loving portrait of a flawed woman trying to survive in terrible times, and a spellbinding slice of history
Writing style
Biography type
individual biography
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10262169
Cataloging source
UKMGB
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1957-
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Shakespeare, Nicholas
Dewey number
B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Mais, Priscilla
  • Mais, Priscilla
  • Shakespeare, Nicholas
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • France
Target audience
adult
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the hidden life of an Englishwoman in wartime France
Label
Priscilla : the hidden life of an Englishwoman in wartime France, Nicholas Shakespeare
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Publication
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volume
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text
Control code
000052174248
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
425 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781846554841
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)858011230
Label
Priscilla : the hidden life of an Englishwoman in wartime France, Nicholas Shakespeare
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000052174248
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
425 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781846554841
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)858011230

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