On the night of the 22 September, 1943, Pearl Witherington, a 29-year-old British secretary and Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent, was parachuted into Occupied France.
Pearl had a dual mission: to fight for her beloved France and to find her lost love who had been taken prisoner. Her wartime record is unique. She became a legendary guerrilla leader training 3,800 Resistance fighters. Probably the greatest female organiser of armed maquisards in France, Pearl lit the fires of resistance in Central France so that Churchill’s famous order to ‘set Europe ablaze’, which had brought SOE into being, finally came to pass.
©2014 Carole Seymour-Jones (P)2014 Oakhill Publishing
"The truth is that Sebastian Faulk's novel...stands on its own, but so does She Landed by Moonlight, the long-awaited biography that Agent Pearl deserves." (The Times)
"Dialogue is recreated, scenes are set and we are given a character's thoughts, feelings and reactions. Pearl's story is so well-documented and her exploits so extraordinary." (Independent Book of the Week)
"Quietly moving... Carol Seymour-Jones has done an excellent job in bringing Witherington's courage, commitment and ability to light, sensibly focusing on her war years when she lived to her full potential." (Spectator)
"It took until 2004 - four years before her death - for her own country to belatedly present her with a CBE. As this biography makes clear, the brave and wholly admirable Pearl Witherington deserved much, much better." (Sunday Times)
"Carole Seymour-Jones does full justice to a truly remarkable and little-known woman." (Country Life)
"This biography successfully establishes her in the pantheon of the very bravest and best, up there with such legendary figures as Violette Szabo, Andree Borrel, Madeline Damerment and Nancy Wake." Sebastian Faulks, (Mail on Sunday)
"Thoroughly researched and perceptive" (The Lady)
"A gripping tale. A story of narrow escapes, lost and betrayed comrades and incessant danger." (Literary Review)
Too many boring descriptions and facts, not enough insight into the thoughts/feelings/adventures of Pearl. I was hoping to be captivated by what must have been an epic, thrilling story, but I found the narrative was weighted down with details about the various other agents and circuits. I gave up listening about half way through.
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