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I Heard My Country Calling

Elaine Madden, the Unsung Heroine of SOE

By Sue Elliot

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Format: Hardback, 256 pages
Other Information: 8 Plates, color; 16 Illustrations, color
Published In: United Kingdom, 09 September 2015
After a tragic childhood among the Great War cemeteries of Flanders Fields, a troubled young woman searches for love and meaning in war-ravaged Europe. Elaine Madden's quest takes her from occupied Belgium through the chaos of Dunkirk, where she flees disguised as a British soldier, into the London Blitz, where she finally begins to discover herself. Recruited to T Section of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) as a `fast courier', she is parachuted back to the country of her birth to undertake a top-secret political mission and help speed its liberation from Nazi oppression. Elaine Madden never claimed to be a heroine, but her story proves otherwise. Its centrepiece - war service as one of only two women SOE agents parachuted into enemy-occupied Belgium - is just one episode in an extraordinary real-life drama of highs and lows, love, loss and betrayal. Relayed to the author in the final years of her life, Elaine's true story of courage and humour in testing times is more intriguing, more compelling than fiction.

About the Author

Sue Elliot spent 25 years in broadcasting, where latterly she was in demand as a speech- and ghost-writer for senior TV executives. She is the author of "The Children Who Fought Hitler "and "Love Child."

EAN: 9780750961257
ISBN: 0750961252
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 centimetres (0.47 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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