Serena Frome, the narrator of this brilliantly cunning novel, confesses at the very beginning that she was sacked in disgrace from her job with British Intelligence after just 18 months. The story which follows reveals how it happened. Serena’s downfall is an undercover operation which is compromised by her weakness for romance. It is a story of love, betrayal and duplicity, with the most startling deception reserved for the final pages.
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Patricia & Robert Malcolmson
There was more to being a non-combatant female during the Second World War than stretching out rations and grumbling about the lack of nylons. From 1938 onwards, ordinary women signed up in their thousands to the Women’s Voluntary Service (WVS), a can-do civilian taskforce that could be mobilised at a moment’s notice to do everything from running fish-and-chip vans to comforting children whose parents had been killed in the Blitz. This well-researched story of the WVS ranges from the deeply sad to the touchingly funny.
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