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by Imogen Kealey

Historical Fiction Relationship Stories Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Liberation

A blistering, gripping, and absolutely fascinating novel. Set aside plenty of quality time as I was consumed, and read it all in one heady, breathtaking go. It’s based on the true story of Nancy Wake, named by the Gestapo as The White Mouse, as she evaded their capture by slipping through check points in France during The Second World War. It is almost impossible to comprehend the wartime life of Nancy, it feels as though all of it is brilliant but astonishing fiction. Darby Kealey and Imogen Robertson have created a living, breathing, headstrong woman and I shook my head in wonder and shock at some of her escapades. She’s not perfect, she makes mistakes and at times appears somewhat gung-ho, with no apparent regard for the safety of herself or her team, yet this woman was quite simply incredible. The authors have made changes to timelines and invented some episodes which they fully explain in the Historical Notes. A major film production is underway, and I recommend reading the book just as soon as you can (before the film) as it is fabulous. Nancy Wake has entered my heart, and we just had to choose Liberation as a LoveReading Star Book.

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Liberation Synopsis

Inspired by the incredible true story of the most decorated servicewoman of the second world war.

Nancy Wake was an Australian girl who, aged, 16 ran away from her abusive mother to the other side of the world.

Nancy Wake was a wife who, when her husband was snatched by the Gestapo, fought to be trained by SOE and returned to France to take her revenge.

Nancy Wake was a soldier who led a battalion of 7,000 French Resistance fighters who called her Field Marshall. Who had a 5-million Franc bounty on her head. Who killed a Nazi with her bare hands. Who defeated 22,000 Germans with the loss of only 100 men. Who sold her medals because, "I'll probably go to hell and they'd melt anyway."

Discover the roots of her legend in a thriller about one woman's incredible quest to turn the tide of the war, save the man she loves and take revenge on those who have wronged her.

Liberation Press Reviews

A blistering, gripping, and absolutely fascinating novel. Set aside plenty of quality time as I was consumed, and read it all in one heady, breathtaking go. - Love Reading

A thrilling debut . . . featuring plenty of espionage and a memorable female lead, this is a cinematic treat for fans of wartime adventure novels - Publishers Weekly

Brims with heart-pounding tension - Sunday Mirror

A bold, blazing account of an astonishing woman in an extraordinary time, by a master storyteller. Vivid, harrowing, engaging, but above all compelling. A rare treat. - Robyn Young

I absolutely raced through this, based on the incredible Nancy Wake, a real-life superhero. An astonishing, heart-thudding and unforgettable story, brilliantly told. - Jill Mansell

The White Mouse is a Resistance heroine of legendary courage, daring and cleverness. Imogen Kealey conjures her rebellious, passionate character with conviction, insight and gritty detail. - Amanda Craig

Imogen Kealey has written a proper page-turning thriller, remarkably based on the true story of one of the Second World War's truly great heroines. - Ben Fergusson

Big on high stakes action . . . exciting - Daily Mail

A fresh, original, breathless thriller. Nancy Wake may be drawn from history but she is a heroine for our times - Erin Kelly

What a story, and Imogen Kealey tells it brilliantly. This is more than a heart-stopping and exciting adventure thriller: Nancy Wake is a heroine for our times, as well as for hers. The most extraordinary thing of all is that in its essentials, the story is true. - Andrew Taylor

Her extraordinary story has been told before, but Kealey uses the freedom of fiction to breathe new life into it . . . exciting and well-written - The Times

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ISBN: 9780751576030
Publication date: 21/01/2021
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780751576016
Publication date: 26/03/2020
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780751576030
Publication date: 21st January 2021
Author: Imogen Kealey
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Historical Fiction, Relationship Stories, Thriller / Suspense,
Collections: 70+ Action-Packed Books, Around the World in 80+ Historical Novels., 50+ Novels Based on Real Events or People,
Categories: Second World War fiction, Historical fiction, Thriller / suspense, True war & combat stories,

About Imogen Kealey

'Imogen Kealey' is a pseudonym for Darby Kealey and Imogen Robertson. Darby Kealey is a writer and producer, based in Los Angeles. His credits include the critically acclaimed series Patriot for Amazon, as well as a number of film and television projects currently in development. His feature script Liberation was nominated to the 2017 Blacklist. He has an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA, and a BA in Politics from UC Santa Cruz. Imogen Robertson is a writer of historical fiction. Now based in London, she was born and brought up in Darlington and read Russian and German at Cambridge. Before becoming ...

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