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She Landed By Moonlight: The Story of Secret Agent Pearl Witherington: the 'real Charlotte Gray' (English Edition) par [Seymour-Jones, Carole]
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Longueur : 433 pages Word Wise: Activé Composition améliorée: Activé
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Revue de presse

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)

Présentation de l'éditeur

On the night of the 22 September 1943 Pearl Witherington, a twenty-nine-year-old British secretary and agent of the Special Operations Executive (SOE), was parachuted from a Halifax bomber into Occupied France. Like Sebastian Faulks' heroine, Charlotte Gray, Pearl had a dual mission: to fight for her beloved, broken France and to find her lost love. Pearl's lover was a Parisian parfumier turned soldier, Henri Cornioley, who had been taken prisoner while serving in the French Logistics Corps and subsequently escaped from his German POW camp.

Agent Pearl Witherington's wartime record is unique and heroic. As the only woman agent in the history of SOEs in France to have run a network, she became a fearless and legendary guerrilla leader organising, arming and training 3,800 Resistance fighters. Probably the greatest female organiser of armed maquisards in France, the woman whom her young troops called 'Ma Mère', 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.

Pearl's story takes us from her harsh, impoverished childhood in Paris, to the lonely forests and farmhouses of the Loir-et-Cher where she would become a true 'warrior queen'.

Shortly before Pearl's death in 2008, the Queen presented her with a CBE in Paris. While male agents and Special Force Jedburghs received the DSO or Military Cross, an ungrateful country had forgotten Pearl. She had been offered a civilian decoration in 1945 which she refused, saying 'There was nothing civil about what I did.' But what pleased her most was to receive her Parachute Wings, for which she had waited over 60 years. Two RAF officers travelled to her old people's home and she was finally able to pin the coveted wings on her lapel. Pearl died in February 2008 aged 93.


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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 433 pages
  • Editeur : Hodder & Stoughton; Édition : Reprint (4 juillet 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00A7YYYL0
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HASH(0x94c1a534) étoiles sur 5 A great Lady 28 août 2013
Par Henri Bretaudeau - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I used to work with Pearl Cornioley until she retired from an international financial organization; she was a wonderful woman. Even though I was thirty years younger than her she was supposed to be under my supervision, but that was a joke: I quickly realized she did not need any supervision. She never claimed any recognition for glorious achievements during the war. I knew she had worked for the French resistance but not at such a high level. The revelation was a huge surprise one day, in the 1980s when she participated in a two hour discussion at a French highly respected French TV show on World War 2, along with top recognized French "resistants" and former British top military actors. I highly respected Pearl who was always ready to help achieve an objective with patience, effectiveness and a great sense of humor.
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HASH(0x94c1a780) étoiles sur 5 Well researched biography 16 octobre 2013
Par Donald A. Lachman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is an excellent read. I am so glad I found this book. Ms. Seymour-Jones tells a wonderful story of one of SOE's most intriguing characters. The book is well researched, and the story is concise and easy to follow. Ms. Seymour-Jones does an admirable job of describing the inner workings of an organization for which there is relatively little historical material remaining. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the French Resistance, the SOE, or women whose efforts have, in some way, influenced the course of history. I hope Ms. Seymour-Jones will write about other characters who were prominent in the SOE.
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HASH(0x94c1a744) étoiles sur 5 A true story about a amazing woman, 18 mai 2014
Par M. E. Newell - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Pearl Witherington grew up in Paris struggling to make sure that her mother and sisters would not go hungry and have a place to live. After the fall of Paris, the family makes to London where Pearl becomes a member of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and is parachuted back into France where she becomes the only woman who runs a network.
"She Landed by Moonlight: The Story of Secret Agent Pearl Witherington" by Carole Seymour-Jones was a good book telling a story a young woman who passion for her country would lead her to fight for her country. This was a good book and a great story about one woman's fight.
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HASH(0x94c1ad20) étoiles sur 5 Great reading! 14 septembre 2013
Par Suzanne N. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Loved it - a magnificent story beautifully written. This story need to be told - it's an important part of WW II history.
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HASH(0x94c1aad4) étoiles sur 5 She Landed By Moonlight: The Story of Secret Agent Pearl Witherington: The Real Charlotte Gray 15 septembre 2013
Par Solveig Sanders - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Such an exciting story - but right at the climax: Pearl aka Pauline is hiding in a wheat field with German bullets whizzing over her head, then page 262 is followed by page 119, which continues until page 150, then comes page 295.. anyone else experience the same?
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