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Virginia Cowles

This sensational 1941 memoir of life on wartime Europe’s frontline by a trailblazing female reporter is an ‘unforgettable’ (The Times) rediscovered classic.

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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 Nazis
London on the first day of the Blitz
Berlin the day Germany invaded Poland
Madrid in the Spanish Civil War
Prague during the Munich crisis
Lapland as the Russians attacked
Moscow betrayed by the Germans
Virginia 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 Review

What readers are saying:
The queen of historical name-dropping

Holy 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!

Critic Reviews

Cowles was brave, brilliant, and everywhere it mattered ... One of the most exciting journalists of the 20th century.

Anna Funder
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The intrepid Cowles experienced it all ... One of the truly great war correspondents of all time, she describes everything magnificently.

Antony Beevor
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A brilliant describer with an uncanny ability to be present in the right country when it falls into the abyss ... One of the most atmospheric war descriptions I’ve read ... Unforgettable.

Ysenda Maxtone Graham, The Times
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I was blown away ... An astonishing ability to paint a scene and transport the reader ... The Forrest Gump of journalism.

Christina Lamb
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An amazingly brilliant reporter ... One of the most engrossing [books] the war has produced in all its diverse richness of drama and compassion and penetration and wit.

New York Times
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Bold, tenacious and tireless ...A reminder of how excellent a reporter she was ... Hard to put down.

Caroline Moorhead

Virginia Cowles OBE was born in Vermont in 1910. She gravitated to journalism in her youth to earn her living after the death of her mother, writing features for Hearst Newspapers. She became a trailblazing war correspondent for the Sunday Times, reporting from Civil War Spain in 1937 before covering wartime Europe for the BBC and NBC. Cowles wrote up…

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