Sonia Purnell & Francelle Bradford White
Women in the Resistance

Female courage behind enemy lines continues to astonish, 70 years after the Second World War ended. Francelle Bradford White (Andrée’s War) joins us to discuss her mother Andrée Griotteray, an underground intelligence courier for the Resistance from the fall of Paris to the Liberation. Sonia Purnell’s tale of panache and derring-do (A Woman of No Importance) is worthy of John Buchan. Virginia Hall, American-turned-British spy, overcame the loss of a leg and became the Gestapo’s most wanted Allied agent. Ordinary women, extraordinary stories. Joined in conversation by writer Clare Mulley, whose book The Spy Who Loved tells the story of secret agent Christine Granville.

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