The Secret Ministry of Ag. & Fish My Life in Churchill's Secret Army

by Noreen Riols

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The Secret Ministry of Ag. & Fish My Life in Churchill's Secret Army Synopsis

'My mother thought I was working for the Ministry of Ag. and Fish.' So begins Noreen Riols' compelling memoir of her time as a member of Churchill's 'secret army', the Special Operations Executive. It was 1943, just before her eighteenth birthday, Noreen received her call-up papers, and was faced with either working in a munitions factory or joining the Wrens. A typically fashion-conscious young woman, even in wartime, Noreen opted for the Wrens - they had better hats. But when one of her interviewers realized she spoke fluent French, she was directed to a government building on Baker Street. It was SOE headquarters, where she was immediately recruited into F-Section, led by Colonel Maurice Buckmaster. From then until the end of the war, Noreen worked with Buckmaster and her fellow operatives to support the French Resistance fighting for the Allied cause. Sworn to secrecy, Noreen told no one that she spent her days meeting agents returning from behind enemy lines, acting as a decoy, passing on messages in tea rooms and picking up codes in crossword puzzles. Vivid, witty, insightful and often moving, this is the story of one young woman's secret war, offering readers an authentic and compelling insight into what really went on in Churchill's 'secret army' from one of its last surviving members.

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ISBN: 9781447237020
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Publisher: Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9781447237020
Publication date: 8th May 2014
Author: Noreen Riols
Publisher: Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Memoirs, Second World War, Espionage & secret services,

About Noreen Riols

Born in Malta of English parents, Noreen Riols lives with her French husband in a seventeenth-century house in a village near Versailles. After the war, she joined the BBC, where she met her husband, a journalist with the World Service. She is the author of ten books, published in Britain, France, Germany, Holland, Norway, and the US. She has written numerous newspaper and magazine articles and for several years contributed features from Paris to Woman's Hour. She is an experienced public speaker with an impressive list of credits to her name and has also broadcast on radio and television programmes ...

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