Sisters, Secrets and Sacrifice

Sisters Secrets and Sacrifice Two sisters Two special agents One War Sisters Secrets and Sacrifice is the incredible true story of British special agents Eileen and Jacqueline Nearne two sisters who risked everything to fight fo

  • Title: Sisters, Secrets and Sacrifice
  • Author: Susan Ottaway
  • ISBN: 9780007493050
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Paperback
  • Two sisters Two special agents One War.Sisters, Secrets and Sacrifice is the incredible true story of British special agents Eileen and Jacqueline Nearne, two sisters who risked everything to fight for our freedom during the Second World War.The death of an eccentric recluse is rarely an event to be given than a few lines in a local newspaper But when, in SeptemberTwo sisters Two special agents One War.Sisters, Secrets and Sacrifice is the incredible true story of British special agents Eileen and Jacqueline Nearne, two sisters who risked everything to fight for our freedom during the Second World War.The death of an eccentric recluse is rarely an event to be given than a few lines in a local newspaper But when, in September 2010, police were called to a tiny, cluttered flat in Torquay and discovered the body of local cat lady Eileen Nearne, they also found a small bundle of possessions that told an amazing story.For Eileen Nearne had been an agent for the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War, going undercover in Nazi occupied France to send wireless messages of crucial importance to the Allies Astonishingly, Eileen was not the only special agent in the family her sister Jacqueline had also been an SOE Rarely had two members of the same family sacrificed so much to such dangerous work.Sisters, Secrets and Sacrifice pays tribute to these fiercely patriotic women with hearts of courage, who fought for freedom at much personal cost While Jacqueline narrowly avoided capture several times, tirelessly couriering secret documents for the resistance, Eileen was arrested and tortured by the Gestapo before being incarcerated at Ravensbr ck concentration camp She was only 23.This is a true story of triumph and tragedy, of two sisters who sacrificed themselves to defend our freedom, who stood shoulder to shoulder during the darkest of days.

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    About “Susan Ottaway

    • Susan Ottaway

      Susan Ottaway was born in Windsor, brought up in Egham and educated at Sir William Perkins s Girls School in nearby Chertsey The daughter of an aircraft engineer, she has had a lifelong enthusiasm for aeroplanes and books She worked for four different airlines over a period of 20 years, mainly in the UK but also in Germany and Australia, and wrote her first book, a biography of Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC, before leaving the world of aviation She then worked as a freelance editor and has since written six books.Her books include Violette Szabo The Life That I Have, a biography of SOE agent Violette Szabo for which she personally interviewed Eileen Nearne She has appeared on BBC national television to be interviewed about her work, and she took part in the four part television series for the Discovery History Channel entitled George Cross Heroes.Susan is a guest speaker on battlefield tours and in 2008 she delivered the Annual Dambuster Lecture at the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, home of the wartime 617 Dambuster Squadron compiled from Andrew Lownie Literary Agency and Harper Collins

    713 thoughts on “Sisters, Secrets and Sacrifice

    • [Audiobook version]I was disappointed that there was so little about Jacqueline and Eileen's lives and work as SOE agents in France. There was so much filler at the beginning and the end -- heaps about their childhood, their parents, their brother, and what everyone's lives were like both before and after the war. I wanted to hear more about the Resistance, and what the sisters actually did. There was a little bit about Eileen being a wireless operator, but the story went quite quickly into how [...]


    • I read this in two sittings. The courage of these two sisters is unbelievable. I was trying to imagine how fast my heart would be racing if I had to carry a wireless set through a Gestapo spot check. This begins with the account of the death of a solitary 89 year old woman in Torquay. Neighbours knew little about the woman except that she spoke English with a foreign accent and spoke almost exclusively of her cat. They called her the cat lady. The police could find no trace of next of kin and we [...]


    • This was an enjoyable read about Jacqueline and Eileen Nearne who served in SOE in France during the War. There was a lot of detail about their lives - in fact probably too much information. It felt like every bit of research had been added. I would have liked not just to know about the selection an training process but what Jacqueline actually did in France. I read she traveled around a lot endangering herself with the constant threat of being stopped and questioned but I am very unsure why she [...]


    • A well researched and nicely written biography of two sisters who joined the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) in World War 2. It begins with the death of the younger one, who dies alone and undiscovered for some time in the coastal town of Torquay in Devon. Eventually her story is unravelled, her neighbours not knowing about her background, but there are people who do. A good piece of work, giving some interesting insights into the work of the SOE and recommended to anyone interested i [...]


    • I lucked into finding this book on the library bookshelves. I'm not usually one for books on war but this was intriguing. Two sisters serve their country (Great Britain) as spies in World War II. The two of them have markedly different experiences. One of them would live to be a good age but never mentioned what she had done during the war - even though it was pretty impressive. It was only after her death, when people were going through her files and personal effects, did the truth come to ligh [...]


    • An amazing true story , where would we be if the bravery and courage of these girls hadn't gone above and beyond ! An easy 5 stars .



    • Out of the various SOE biographies I picked out this one because the mystery of Eileen Nearne, after her death in Torquay, had been on our local Devon news and I was intrigued to read her story. But although the book was well researched with a lot of information, I found it disappointing. The writing was very clunky and flat, with no flair at all - more like a school assignment than a published work. There were long tedious passages and some of the wording/turns of phrase seemed very 'first draf [...]


    • This is the true story of a woman who died in Torquay in 2010--whereupon it was discovered that she and her sister had both been secret operatives in Nazi-occupied France. Eileen "Didi" Nearne was only 19 when she traveled to England to make this sacrifice. It is too often tritely said of books, but Didi and Jacqueline's bravery will truly inspire you. This is a page turner and a thrilling example of the heights to which faith and dedication can take a human being--even while all around her huma [...]


    • Recommended by a friend. As soon as I started I realised I had seen a brief version of the story of Didi on the daytime TV programme Heir Hunters. a great read and well worth recommending to anyone who wants to know more about the real work (and mistakes) of SOE rather than the Charlotte Gray version


    • This was an interesting story based on real events.I found the book to be written in a very old fashioned manner which seemed too detailed at times but I loved the thought that women's story's are being recorded. One interesting fact in this book which I did not know was that in France women did not get the ability to vote until 1944. Imagine!


    • I loved this book but I love history and stories that tell us something we didn't already know. There is no extra fluff and I found it to be a easy read but there is a lot of technological war jargon that slows things down a bit however needed when telling a historical true story. This book does not disappoint if you love history and WWII.


    • An inspiring story of two very remarkable sisters, one a courier and the other a wireless operator, who risked everything during the war to fight for what they believed in. I am humbled by their bravery.



    • A very moving book, what those women and so many like them did for what they believed in made me feel really humble and thankful for the the freedom we now have.


    • Brilliant book. well written no sentimentality. Just as you would think Didi would have wanted her story told easy 5 star


    • A reading group choice. I picked it up and put it down to read another book on three occasions. Although the sisters' story was interesting I found the storytelling uninspiring.



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