Like her contemporary, American Virginia Hall (, Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, Nancy Wake gravitated to France as a young woman. Response must be less that 100,000 characters. Language: English. She was an incredible WWII heroine. It sometimes falls into buffoonery. I'm not sure what I was expecting. This autobiography relates Nancy's time in France during the 1930s and 1940s. Nancy Wake's life certainly was eventful. What guts this woman had. Nancy Wake, a New Zealander who became one of the most highly decorated women of WW II, here she tells her own story. Her exploits in France during the war have been the subject of at least five books as well as a feature film and a TV series. Fascinating story that was so badly written that I felt no connection with character or place. She joined the maquis in the south of France and did some amazing things. I cannot comment on the permissible subject matter you grant your child. Her exploits in France during the war have been the subject of at least five books as well as a feature film an. But I confess I couldn’t read the last chapters. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-white-mouse-nancy-wake/1001294211 Perhaps digesting a few more reviews can help you with that. Nancy Wake’s early life and war exploits are too important to leave out of print. His busy professional life involves co-hosting the breakfast program on Sydney's Radio 2UE, writing weekly columns for the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun Herald newspapers, appearing on Foxtel's Back Page television show and, when time permits, authoring best-selling books. Her idyllic new life was ended by World War II … Nancy Wake joined the French Resistance with the nickname of "The White Mouse". She was born in Australia and eventually made her way to Paris . Nancy Wake is one of the true heroines of World War II. This is fascinating history, but the author's breezy, ever chipper style, complete with abundant superlatives and exclamation points, wore on me and undercut any sense of realism. She was able to drink any of them under the table. ‎The gripping true story of the woman who became the Gestapo's most wanted spy In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. Setting Boundaries Will Set You Free: The Ultimate Guide to Telling the Truth, Creating Connection, and Finding Freedom. She was a native Australian who became an undercover agent and explosives expert. A correspondent for London's Daily Telegraph as well, he is also in high demand as a guest speaker and presenter, “We had a teacher called Fanny Menlove, and I remember once when she was out of the room Nancy went up to the blackboard and wrote it backward - Menlove Fanny - and we all fell around laughing. I disagree, and the audio version is particularly fascinating as the narrator does a great job with the various accents! Nancy Wake ends up being one of the most wanted women in history, the German army had a million Franc's as a reward for her capture during WW II and her story is real one. January 28th 2001 She becomes a journalist and when she witnesses the Nazis whipping Jews in Vienna, her life changes. Nancy Wake, nicknamed 'the white mouse' for her ability to evade capture, tells her own story. As a young adult, Nancy Wake attended the North Sydney Household Arts School. You can download Nancy Wake Biography Revised Edition in pdf format Nancy Wake was the most decorated women from World War II. Recent years have seen a flood of new books belatedly highlighting the role of women in espionage in World War II. The author begins with a quote from Anne of Green Gables, and goes on to say that it ranks with Anne of the Island as Nancy Wake’s two favorite books. Born in New Zealand, she was living in Marseille and was married to Frenchman Henri Fiocca when the Germans invaded. Nancy Wake’s amazing story is described with great details in this lovely book. FitzSimons also had many interviews with Nancy Wake as well as fellow agents, resistance fighters and Colonel Buckmaster. I've given this four stars, however, because Nancy Wake was an awesome human being. Since “Anne” is very high on my list as well, I was instantly intrigued. by Harper Collins. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Nancy Wake: World War Two’s Most Rebellious Spy. After having been arrested, she was released but left France for Spain, then England. His busy professional life involves co-hosting the breakfast program on Sydney's Radio 2UE, writing weekly columns for the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun Herald newspapers, appearing on Foxtel's Back Page television show and, when time permits, authoring best-selling books. Nancy Wake has been claimed by both New Zealand and Australia as one of their own - by New Zealand because she was of Maori descent, born there and retained close ties with her extended family; and by Australia because she lived there from early childhood, grew up there and lived for a period of time after the war there. He is the author of over twenty-seven books - including biographies of Charles Kingsford Smith, Nancy Wake, Kim Beazley, Nene King, Nick Farr-Jones, Steve Waugh and John Eales - and is one of Australia's biggest selling non-fiction authors of the last fifteen years. Welcome back. Books Best Sellers & more Top New Releases Deals in Books School Books Textbooks Books Outlet Children's Books Calendars & Diaries Audible Audiobooks 1-16 of 109 results for "Nancy Wake" Skip to main search results She ran away at 16, stayed with one of her siblings, took on a different name (where the middle name was Anne, off of Anne of Green Gables), and started working as a nurse. She joined the French resistance during WWII. As a naïve, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. However, the writing of this biography left me wondering - evil Nazis - yes we know that the Nazis did some horrendous things, but the emotive language does a huge dis-service to Nancy's life story. I had read a review of Nancy Wake in which the writer complained that the author’s writing skills were lacking. Nancy was the right kind of woman sent to earth at the right time to accomplish the right mission. As a naïve, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. She was a native Australian who became an undercover agent and explosives expert. We’d love your help. The 3 star rating is rounded up from 2.5. A correspondent for Lond, Peter FitzSimons is one of Australia’s most prominent and successful media and publishing identities. It sometimes falls into buffoonery. Ever heard of Nancy Wake? Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published There are plenty of reviews which go into details about this book, so I won't do that here. She vows to dedicate her time to inform people of the atrocities the Nazis were perpetrating in Austria and Germany. Her ability to maintain her cover for so long and disappear whenever the Germans thought they were getting close to identifying her led to her Gestapo nickname of "The White Mouse". She herself was caught at one point, but she never gave up, and after regaining her freedom, went right back to putting it to the Germans. She joined the maquis in the south of France and did some amazing things. FitzSimons is an Australian journalist. There, she became a British special agent. She herself was caught at one point, but she never gave up, and after regai. I read this a long time ago, I have an autographed copy. I was very fortunate to meet her once; how lucky am I! This is the WWII story I would like to see. I will mention one quibble with the writing. I think the author's intention was to present a style fitting to his subject's personality: No matter what obstacles came her way she managed to overcome them with a sense of humor and/or stoicism. 224 pages. After escaping from her home at the age of sixteen, Nancy leaves Australia to travel Europe. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. She said she didn't fight to get medals, she fought because she hated what the Germans were doing to, Peter FitzSimons is one of Australia’s most prominent and successful media and publishing identities. Nancy Wake was one tough lady. Gift for Nancy Lovers. Actually they did this a long time before but I'm catching up. FitzSimons’ well-paced and compelling biography is well-documented. She introduces a myriad of characters who played significant roles in her life. Ever heard of Nancy Wake? She was quite a character. She was a great one for laughter and and partying with her men ("because tomorrow we could be dead"). But she could equally be considered French for her service to France du. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. Nancy Wakes story is truly remarkable, she was engaged as a spy behind enemy lines and served with courage and pride, I urge every person who is interested in WWII and SOE to read this book, it is superbly written, wittty enough to show her true personality and serious but easily read to understand the terrible risks she undertook. If the story had ended here, I would still be recommending the book for the insights into the way of life and emerging history of the time. Nancy Wake has been claimed by both New Zealand and Australia as one of their own - by New Zealand because she was of Maori descent, born there and retained close ties with her extended family; and by Australia because she lived there from early childhood, grew up there and lived for a period of time after the war there. I cannot comment on the permissible subject matter you grant your child. Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, Nancy Wake gravitated to France as a young woman. As a naïve, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. “Nancy Wake: A Biography of our Greatest War Heroine” by Peter FitzSimons was published in 2010. At the time the Germans invaded France, she was married to Henri Fiocca, a wealthy French businessman in Marseille. An interesting account of another gutsy, fearless, daring female who joined the Resistance in France in 1940 after Germany invaded France. There, she became a major player in the French Resistance during World War II. The gripping true story of the woman who became the Gestapo's most wanted spy In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? The Gestapo called her White Mouse. As the Gestapo's most wanted person, and one of the most highly decorated servicewomen of the.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. She was responsible for helping countless people get out of France before they could be taken by the Germans. She criticised the script upon reading it, and again, at the launch of the mini-series. It was a fast and enjoyable read. Nancy was living a bohemian existence, working as a journalist in Paris during the years leading up to the war. Mr Carpenter would say that he should mind the italics, both metaphorical and literal. This is a four star read because Nancy Wake was a 5 star woman and her story was written by a 3 star author. And few women played as prominent a part as a phenomenal Australian woman named Nancy Wake (1912-2011).

As a naïve, young journalist, Nancy Wake w… I'm also glad that he researched her and had other sources. As the Gestapo's most wanted person, and one of the most highly decorated servicewomen of the war, it's a story worth telling.After living and working in Paris in the 1930's, Nancy married a wealthy Frenchman and settled in Marseilles. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. Condition: New. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2021, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. At the time the Germans invaded France, she was married to Henri Fiocca, a wealthy French businessman in Marseille. After escaping from her home at the age of sixteen, Nancy leaves Australia to travel Europe. Nancy Wake is an amazing lady, and her nickname by the Nazis of 'The White Mouse' tells us about the brave, dangerous things she did in the war, and how the Germans couldn't catch her, referring to her as the White Mouse, as she always got away! Despite rampant sexism and misogyny, women did indeed fill vital roles as spies and analysts in intelligence-gathering as well as partisan activities behind enemy lines. I stopped reading when Nancy had her happily ever after with her husband John… I couldn’t read the chapter where she died. Her story needs to be remembered. Thank you! Nancy Wake's life certainly was eventful. After France was occupied by the Germans she became an integral leader of the French Resistance. She was one brace woman earning many medals. I can, however. Well-written account by Peter FitzSimons who met and conducted interviews with Nancy Wake, who had also written her own autobiography in 1985. If a writer had tried to invent Nancy Wake then the bounds of incredulity would have been stretched to breaking point. Perhaps digesting a few more reviews can help you with that. I'm a sucker for WWII history and picked up this book without knowing about Nancy Wake. I'm glad the author knew Nancy Wake and she helped him with the book. On August 7 this year, one of the most amazing women of our times passed away at the grand old age of 98. A Biography of Our Greatest War Heroine 1912-2011 In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. She’ll join the British SOE (Special Operation Executive) and then will guide the French Maquis against the Nazis to free France, blowing up bridges and attacking Nazis troops. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. It’s the real story of an amazing, brave woman who would become one of the most decorated war heroines of World War II. I picked Nancy Wake’s biography by Peter FitzSimons and it was a good choice. Interesting though poorly written biography of an Australian woman who fought with the French resistance in WWII. Well, you probably should have. Well, you probably should have. A story originally brought to publication in 1956 is in this edition, re-introduced to a new generation in what is a detailed and painstakingly researched book. FitzSimons drew his research from earlier biographies such as Russell Braddon’s “Nancy Wake: the Story of a Very Brave Woman” published in 1956 and Wake’s autobiography “The White Mouse” published in 1985. HI! By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo’s most wanted person. Peter FitzSimons spins a good yarn. She left Australia well before the war and was established in France with a French husband by the time the Germans invaded. Above all however, as becomes apparent almost from the beginning of this book, she was her own person with enormous courage, enormous self-belief and enormous determination. What guts this woman had. Nancy died today. After living and working in Paris in the 1930's, Nancy married a wealthy Frenchman and settled in Marseilles. In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. She was responsible for helping countless people get out of France before they could be taken by the Germans. She did not seem to flinch at facing the most terrifying of circumstances in order to do what needed to be done. The author begins with a quote from Anne of Green Gables, and goes on to say that it ranks with Anne of the Island as Nancy Wake’s two favorite books. Nancy Wake, nicknamed 'the white mouse' for her ability to evade capture, tells her own story. I'm glad I read the book, having never heard of Nancy until this showed up in my recommendations. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. She left Australia well before the war and was established in France with a French husband by the time the Germans invaded. It turned out to be a fascinating book about an independent young woman who left Australia and ended up married to a rich French businessman in pre-war France. She used her society position and reputation as a cover for her work in the local escape network, organising for Allied servicemen to pass through a series of safehouses and be guided out of France over the Pyrenees. She later moved to London, England, where she went to school to Study Journalism. I'd like to see one of the movie versions, perhaps the one by TVNZ. FitzSimons’ well-paced and compelling biography is well-documented. Very interesting. After she completed her education, she began her career in journalism. And few women played as prominent a part as a phenomenal Australian woman named Nancy Wake (1912-2011). Good because it makes what could be quite dry material very readable, and bad because one is never quite sure how much of the story is being exaggerated for effect - not really an ideal situation for a biography! An Australian television mini-series was released in 1987 entitled, Nancy Wake, based on the 1956 biography by Russell Braddon. She’ll join the British SOE (Special Operation Executive) and then will guide t. Nancy Wake’s amazing story is described with great details in this lovely book. 0.320. FitzSimons drew his research from earlier biographies such as Russell Braddon’s “Nancy Wake: the Story of a Very Brave Woman” published in 1956 and Wake’s autobiography “The White Mouse” published in 1985. Just how objective was this version. Interesting biography, but not very well written. Nancy Wake was the most decorated women from World War II. Born in New Zealand, she was living in Marseille and was married to Frenchman Henri Fiocca when the Germans invaded. But she could equally be considered French for her service to France during the war, and also British because her war service was under British command, and she lived much of her later life in England. It’s difficult to do justice to this beautiful, hard drinking, strong minded, outspoken, fearless creature! Do you think this book would be appropriate for a 6th grader who is doing a study on women's role in WWII? Very interesting and readable biography about a woman who became a heroine of the French Resistance during WW11. Paperback. Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald. This is the biography of an Australian resi. I disagree, and the audio version is particularly fascinating as the narrator does a great job with the various accents! She used her society position and reputation as a cover for her work in the local escape network, organising for Allied servicemen to pass through a series of safehouses and be guided out of France over the Pyr. The day after I finished it one of the podcasts I listen to covered her also. ‎The gripping true story of the woman who became the Gestapo's most wanted spy In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. This occurs mostly at segues in the story and can be funny, but considering the topic (WW11 in occupied France) it didn't always feel appropriate - it's the kind of thing you would find in a children's book. There's a problem loading this menu right now. There are plenty of reviews which go into details about this book, so I won't do that here. But she’ll do more than that. ‎The gripping true story of the woman who became the Gestapo's most wanted spy In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. Brand new Book. I was mesmerized throughout, perhaps partly because her exploits were so very far beyond anything I could ever imagine undertaking. Nancy Wake is a true heroine, she had many titles, her husband Henri called her Nannie, she had various code names and one being Madame Andree. Recent years have seen a flood of new books belatedly highlighting the role of women in espionage in World War II. When all is said and done, I believe she will be known as one of the great ones. A brilliant story ruined by bad story telling. She was a remarkable women. The biography is very well written. Overview In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. Refresh and try again. There, she became a major player in the French Resistance during World War II. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. This occurs mostly at segues in the story and can be funny, but considering the topic (WW11 in occupied France) it didn't always feel appropriate - it's the kind of thing you would find in a children's book. She had no fear.”, “One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum. Nancy Wake: The gripping true story of the woman who became the Gestapo's most wanted s… The best of the books, I’ve found, is Peter FitzSimmons‘ Nancy Wake, which appeared in 2011, the year of her death at the age of 98. Nancy Wake: The gripping true story of the woman who became the Gestapo's most wanted spy, The Wolves at the Door: The True Story of America's Greatest Female Spy, Madame Fiocca: The Remarkable True Story of Nancy Wake, The White Mouse (World War II Series Book 5), A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II, Spymistress: The True Story of the Greatest Female Secret Agent of World War II, The Great Book of Badass Women: 15 Fearless and Inspirational Women that Changed History, Nancy Wake;: The story of a very brave woman. This is a biography about Nancy Wake. This is the biography of an Australian resistance fighter who found herself at the top of the Gestapo’s most wanted list. Buckmaster was head of the British Special operations (BSO). By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. This, and her courage and skills, won her the respect of thousands of the men in her charge. I can't believe that this so called author churns out so many books and sells! Nancy Wake: World War Two’s Most Rebellious Spyand millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. She did not seem to flinch at facing the most terrifying of circumstances in order to do what needed to be done. But she’ll do more than that. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. WALTER SCOTT D”. Her life is a story of unbelievable heroism and derring-do set against the brutal horror of a savage military conflict. Unfortunately, this is the good and bad thing about this book. Since “Anne” is very high on my list as well, I was instantly intrigued. Nancy Wake (1912-2011) ... Nancy loved this book and Anne of the Island, and took them with her wherever she went. The author begins with a quote from Anne of Green Gables, and goes on to say that it ranks with Anne of the Island as Nancy immediately became active in the Resistance movement, smuggling messages and food to underground groups in Southern France and helping refugees flee to Spain. I had read a review of Nancy Wake in which the writer complained that the author’s writing skills were lacking. 6 Skipping over a LOT of her story here. Peter Fitzsimons writes the most brilliant book, and this book is no different. We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. I don't know if Fitzsimons was attempting to capture Nancy's spirit, or if this is just how he writes. Kept talking about Anne of Green Gables but the writing brought to mind the Emily books. Paperback. RIP Nancy. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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