This sensational 1941 memoir of life on wartime Europe’s frontline by a trailblazing female reporter is an ‘unforgettable’ (The Times) rediscovered classic, introduced by Christina Lamb. Paris as it fell to the NazisLondon on the first day of the BlitzBerlin the day Germany invaded PolandMadrid in the Spanish Civil WarPrague during the Munich crisisLapland as the Russians attackedMoscow betrayed by the GermansVirginia Cowles has seen it all. As a pioneering female correspondent, she reported from the frontline of 1930s Europe into WWII always in the right place at the right time.
Flinging off her heels under shellfire; meeting Hitler (‘an inconspicuous little man’); gossiping with Churchill by his goldfish pond; dancing in the bomb-blasted Ritz … Introduced by Christina Lamb, Cowles’ incredible dispatches make you an eyewitness to the twentieth century as you have never experienced it before. ‘A tour-de-force.’ Daily Mail’Amazingly brilliant.’ New York Times’Fascinating.’ Justine Picardie’Breathtaking.’ Anna Funder’Thrilling.’ Sue Prideaux’An amazingly brilliant reporter …
One of the most engrossing [books] the war has produced.’ New York Times Book ReviewWhat readers are saying:The queen of historical name-droppingHoly cow! What a wonderful find!!Most unexpectedly great book that I have read in years. Reads like a novel [but] this is real life. The best book I’ve read this year …
Exquisitely written [day-to-day] drama of history … Breathtakingly fresh. I can’t recommend this book enough.
Cowles’ voice and humanity are her greatest assets, but her willingness to be where the action was – and always find trouble – paid off. A marvel. Her ability to capture anecdotes and dialogue that offer surprising insights into historic personages and events is a frequent source of wonder.
It was difficult for me not to drive my family crazy wanting to read them quotes. The intrepid Virginia Cowles was in the right places at the right times and connected to the right people. What a life she led!