Search This Blog

Sunday, July 21, 2013

In the Mail

 These ARCs have arrived in the mail in the last few weeks.

Two nonfiction books that I've ordered
after reading Lavender Garden and Betrayal in Burgundy.

Book Description:  

Nancy Wake is one of the true heroines of World War II. Born in New Zealand, she was living in Marseille and was married to Frenchman Henri Fiocca when the Germans invaded. Nancy immediately became active in the Resistance movement, smuggling messages and food to underground groups in Southern France and helping refugees flee to Spain. By 1943 she was on the Gestapo most-wanted list. Their nickname for her, due to her elusiveness, was the "White Mouse." It was time for Nancy to leave France. After six escape attempts Nancy reached Britain—where she promptly became one of the 39 women to join the British Special Operations Executive. Parachuted back into France, she became the virtual leader of a 7,000-strong branch of the Maquis. This book tells the extraordinary story of this exceptional woman.

Book Description:

In 1942, Leo Marks left his father's famous bookshop, 84 Charing Cross Road, and went off to fight the war. He was twenty-two. Soon recognized as a cryptographer of genius, he became head of communications at the Special Operations Executive (SOE), where he revolutionized the codemaking techniques of the Allies and trained some of the most famous agents dropped into occupied Europe, including "the White Rabbit" and Violette Szabo. As a top codemaker, Marks had a unique perspective on one of the most fascinating and, until now, little-known aspects of the Second World War. 

Notice my highlights? 

Oh, so many books to read!
I've got a bunch on my Kindle as well.
Where to begin?


  1. That looks like a great variety of books this week!

  2. I bet the codemaker's book must be so interesting.

    Great stuff. I have a couple of those ARCs too and I'm really looking forward to The Girl in Berlin especially.

    Enjoy your new books!

  3. Rinn - And I have a bunch on my Kindle, too. Now, to choose where to begin! :)

    Iliana - I'm really looking forward to the one by Leo Marks. Anyone who loved books as much as the Marks did should write a good one. I had no idea that he had such an exciting, dangerous war career.

    I finished The Salinger Contract, and it was a WOW. Read it soon!