A Woman of No Importance

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of Virginia Hall, WWII's Most Dangerous Spy

History , Military History , Military Theory , Second World War, Politics, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 02/04/2020
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A Woman of No Importance
The astonishing story of WWII's most incredible spy
My jaw dropped further with each successive chapter of Sonia Purnell's compelling biography of Virginia Hall, an American spy in Occupied France for SOE an... READ MORE
Mark Skinner


In 1942, the Gestapo would stop at nothing to track down a mysterious 'limping lady' who was fighting for the freedom of France. The Nazi chiefs issued a simple but urgent command: 'She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her.'

The Gestapo's target was Virginia Hall, a glamorous American with a wooden leg who broke through the barriers against her gender and disability to be the first woman to infiltrate Vichy France for the SOE. In so doing she helped turn the course of the intelligence war.

This is the epic tale of an heiress who determined that a hunting accident would not define her existence; a young woman who gambled her life to fight for the freedoms she believed in; an espionage novice who helped to light the flame of French Resistance.

Based on new and extensive research, Sonia Purnell has for the first time uncovered the full secret life of Virginia Hall, an astounding and inspiring story of heroism, spycraft, resistance and personal triumph over shocking adversity.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780349010168
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Weight: 260g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 32 mm

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A Woman of No Importance
A Woman of no Importance
Saw this book and thought it linked to a book I'd recently read called " A Treachery of Spies" by Manda Scott which was to do with the SOE and Resistance i... READ MORE
Richard Judd
A Woman of No Importance
Gripping review of Virginia Hall's life
This is a tremendous read about a truly remarkable woman, showing great courage in the face of terrorizing times. I really couldn't put the book down, onc... READ MORE
Bernice Brewster
A Woman of No Importance
An extraordinary woman
Virginia Hall lead the most interesting but frustrating life, and this book gives her trials and tribulations justice. Thank you Purnell for bringing Hall'... READ MORE
Molly Hemeter
A Woman of No Importance
Good, but hero worship of the author grates after awhile
Virginia Hall was evidently an incredible woman who achieved some amazing accomplishments during the war, and what she did is interesting to read. However ... READ MORE
John Millington
A Woman of No Importance
What a woman!
Sonia Purnell's ironic title 'A Woman of No Importance' hides her anger at the time it took for Virginia Hall's huge contribution to the war effort to be r... READ MORE
Lynne Plummer
A Woman of No Importance
An interesting account of an extraordinary woman!
Kylie Hull