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Author: Sonia Purnell Narrator: Juliet Stevenson Publisher: Penguin Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2019 ISBN: 9781984842725
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Chosen as a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by NPR, the New York Public Library, Amazon, the Seattle Times, the Washington Independent Review of Books, PopSugar, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, BookBrowse, the Spectator, and the Times of London Winner of the Plutarch Award for Best Biography “Excellent…This book is as riveting as any thriller, and as hard to put down.” -- The New York Times Book Review "A compelling biography of a masterful spy, and a reminder of what can be done with a few brave people -- and a little resistance." - NPR "A meticiulous history that reads like a thriller." - Ben Macintyre A never-before-told story of Virginia Hall, the American spy who changed the course of World War II, from the author of Clementine. In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her." The target in their sights was Virginia Hall, a Baltimore socialite who talked her way into Special Operations Executive, the spy organization dubbed Winston Churchill's "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare." She became the first Allied woman deployed behind enemy lines and--despite her prosthetic leg--helped to light the flame of the French Resistance, revolutionizing secret warfare as we know it. Virginia established vast spy networks throughout France, called weapons and explosives down from the skies, and became a linchpin for the Resistance. Even as her face covered wanted posters and a bounty was placed on her head, Virginia refused order after order to evacuate. She finally escaped through a death-defying hike over the Pyrenees into Spain, her cover blown. But she plunged back in, adamant that she had more lives to save, and led a victorious guerilla campaign, liberating swathes of France from the Nazis after D-Day. 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. A Woman of No Importance is the breathtaking story of how one woman's fierce persistence helped win the war. Download and start listening now!

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  • “Stevenson’s narration smoothly transitions among accents with urgent pacing as Virginia Hall employs ingenuity and skill to elude capture.”

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  • A BookPage Top Pick of the Month in Biographies
  • New York Times bestseller
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month selection
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week
  • A Minneapolis Star-Tribune Pick of Best Books to Read This Winter
  • Longlisted for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography
  • Finalist for the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography

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About the Author

Sonia Purnell is a biographer and journalist who has worked at the London Economist, Telegraph, and the Sunday Times. Her book Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill was chosen as a Book of the Year by the London Telegraph and Independent and was a finalist for the Plutarch Award. A Woman of No Importance was longlisted for the 2020 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography. Her first book, Just Boris, was longlisted for the Orwell prize.

About the Narrator

Juliet Stevenson has won the prestigious Audie Award and numerous Earphones Awards for her narrations. She is a British actress on stage and screen and notably a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has also appeared in popular films such as Bend It Like Beckham and Mona Lisa Smile. She was honored as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. She received further recognition when she was nominated for several BAFTA Awards, and she earned an Olivier Award for her role in Death and the Maiden.