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She Landed by Moonlight, by Carole Seymour-Jones - review

13 July 2013

9:00 AM

13 July 2013

9:00 AM

She Landed by Moonlight: The Story of Secret Agent Pearl Witherington, ‘the real Charlotte Gray’ Carole Seymour-Jones

Hodder, pp.432, £20

The subtitle of Carole Seymour-Jones’s quietly moving biography of the brilliant SOE agent Pearl Witherington is ‘the real Charlotte Gray’. As quickly becomes evident, the real thing was more than a shade superior.

Like the fictional Gray, Witherington had determined to serve behind enemy lines in France with the dual aims of fighting the Nazi occupation of her adopted country, and being reunited with the man she loved, in Witherington’s case her fiancé, the escaped French POW Henri Cornioley.

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Clare Mulley is the author of The Spy Who Loved: The Secret Lives of Christine Granville.

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