A beautiful young widow and mother of a small daughter, Violette Szabo undertook
two secret missions to France in 1944 as an agent for the Special Operations Executive.
Just after D-
The first edition of this book, published in 2002, was written with the cooperation of some of Violette’s family members – in particular her elder brother Roy and her daughter Tania – as well as several of her friends and two of the only three SOE agents to survive incarceration in Ravensbrück. The author was also given access to letters written about his daughter by Violette’s father, Charles Bushell, which had never before been made public and remain in a private collection to this day.
This updated edition contains more information, available following the release of documents in 2003, which poses questions about Violette’s relationship with her family and highlights anomalies in the way the official version of Violette’s story was told.
‘Ottaway confirms that she is a meticulous researcher and first-
‘This excellent biography presents a vivid portrait of Violette as an agent and as
a person. Extensive research and interviews with people who knew and worked with
her have enabled the author to set out the facts and re-
“Susan Ottaway’s biography of Szabo is in many ways, a counter point to Crave Her Name with Pride. Ottaway was able to interview not only Szabo’s brothers but also her daughter Tania. What is interesting is looking at what Szabo and her daughter think about Szabo’s work and the “morality” of a mother doing such duty. Ottaway also details life after the war and how the family was treated by the makers of the film. Four stars.”
The Fish Shelf
“In 1935 at the age of only fourteen Violette Bushell left school. In 1944 she was
a beautiful widow and the Mother of a young daughter when she undertook two secret
missions in France as a Special Operations Executive. Shortly after D-
“Well written and informative, I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the Second World War.”
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