Elizabeth Wein – Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity is one of my favourite historical novels (btw historical fiction is my favourite genre) as it keeps you guessing and questioning right till the very end. The two different narratives with Maddie and Queenie/Scottie/Eva/Julia mean you are never quite sure if the narrator is telling to truth or lying during an interrogation. Far too many World War II novels have women in supportive, secondary roles even though women were a fundimental part of the Allied war-machine. Here is an incomplete list of female SOE’s in WWII https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_female_SOE_agents

‘The horror and humiliation of it weren’t in that you were stripped to your underthings and being slowly taken to pieces, but in that nobody seemed to give a damn. They weren’t doing it for fun; they were not in it for lust or pleasure or revenge’

I brought the novel soon after it was published in 2012 from the Mainstreet Trading Company in St Boswell, near the Scottish border. It’s absolutely a book lovers dream. I highly recommend visiting if you are able because the cake in the cafe is gorgeous too. http://www.mainstreetbooks.co.uk/books/

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Rose Under Fire follows up after Code Name Verity with a few of the same characters however it is not a sequel so can easily be read as a stand alone novel.

‘So many dead. There were probably over thirty thousand living women at Ravensbruck when I got there and nearly sixty thousand or more by the time I left, so knows how many thousands died in between? And how many died before I got there and after I left? How many in other camps? I WILL TELL THE WORLD.’

Rose is an American ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary) pilot, same as Maddie, who unfortunately gets captured by Luftwaffe pilots in 1944 following D-Day. She is taken to Ravensbruck (a concentration camp exclusively for women) where she becomes friends with ‘The Rabbits’ 74 Polish women from Lublin, who suffered through horrific ‘medical experimentation’ on their legs leaving them deformed. Four of these women would go on to give evidence at the Nuremberg Doctor’s trial. https://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/usaaf-stories-b-24d-lady-be-good.html

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