Date: Monday 11 May 2020
Location: Hatchards, Piccadilly
A Schoolmaster’s War tells the adventures of legendary SOE agent Harry Rée in his own words
A school teacher at the start of the war, Harry Rée renounced his former pacifism with the fall of France in 1940. He was deployed into a secret branch of the British army and parachuted into central France in April 1943.
Showing a particular talent for winning the confidence of local resisters, Harry guided them in a series of dramatic sabotage operations, before getting into a hand-to-hand fight with an armed German officer, from which he was lucky to escape.
It’s a romantic story of heroism and derring-do, but Harry Rée’s own war writings – now edited by his son, the philosopher Jonathan Rée – are far more nuanced, shot through with doubts, regrets, and grief.
This evening we are thrilled to welcome Jonathan Rée here at Hatchards to discuss his father’s wartime adventures with author and biographer Sebastian Faulks.
£10 tickets are available in the shop and online here.
Monday 11th May, 6.30pm
Sebastian Faulks’ novels include Birdsong and, most recently, Paris Echo.
Jonathan Rée’s books include Witcraft: The Invention of Philosophy in English