Sonia Purnell is a biographer and journalist who has written for The Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, and The Sunday Times. Her book First Lady: The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill was a book of the year in the Daily Telegraph, the Independent and Lenny Letter, and was shortlisted for the Plutarch Award for Best Biography. Her first book, Just Boris: A Tale of Blond Ambition, was longlisted for the Orwell prize.
A gripping, relevant and timely read about a remarkable woman from a talented writer - Deborah Frances-White, author of The Guilty FeministRiveting ... one of the most breath-taking stories yet told of female courage behind enemy lines - Sarah Helm, author of If This Is A Woman and A Life In SecretsImpressively researched and compellingly written, this brilliant biography puts Virginia Hall - and her prosthetic leg Cuthbert - back where they belong: right in the heart of resistance history - Clare Mulley, author of The Spy Who Loved and The Women Who Flew for HitlerWhat a fascinating story! With careful research and skillful writing, Purnell takes you deep into the covert operations Hall led in Nazi-occupied France ... Riveting - Douglas Waller, author of Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American EspionageRemarkable ... this lively examination... shows how, if Hall had been a man, dropping undercover in and out of occupied Vichy, Paris, and Lyon, setting up safe houses, and coordinating couriers for the Resistance, she would now be as famous as James Bond ... Meticulous research results in a significant biography of a trailblazer who now has a CIA building named after her - Kirkus Reviews