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By Sarah Helm

From an award-winning journalist comes this real-life cloak-and-dagger story of Vera Atkins, one among Britain’s most advantageous mystery brokers in the course of global struggle II. 
As the top of the French component of the British certain Operations govt, Vera Atkins recruited, educated, and mentored certain operatives whose task used to be to prepare and arm the resistance in Nazi-occupied France. After the battle, Atkins courageously dedicated herself to a perilous look for twelve of her so much loved girls spies who had long gone lacking in motion. Drawing on formerly unavailable resources, Sarah Helm chronicles Atkins’s striking existence and her singular trip in the course of the chaos of post-war Europe. Brimming with intrigue, heroics, honor, and the horrors of struggle, A existence in Secrets is the tale of a grand, elusive girl and a journey de strength of investigative journalism.

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She knew of their financial circumstances as well and could offer cash advances on request up to a limited amount each month. All this was very reassuring, because until they met Miss Atkins many of these men and women had felt somewhat disoriented by the experience of “special employment,” as their new work was called. Some of the women had, just days earlier, been mopping floors at Royal Air Force (RAF) stations. Many recruits were civilians, spotted by SOE scouts, while some had just escaped across the Channel from France and had never been to England before.

When Vera did write at any length, the result was almost more frustrating than when she kept it short. Her longer pieces of prose—such as a synopsis I found for an autobiography—were so polished, so full of clichés, that I began to suspect that Vera herself would not have been the best person to tell her own story. In another bulging box I found nothing but a pile of videos showing Vera's appearances in TV documentaries, and alongside were film scripts for various movies that she had advised on.

I looked around, but the room contained no clues. It seemed unremarkable, quite comfortable but colourless, with a pale-green carpet. At a glance I saw a few recent family photographs and lots of flowers—some in formal vases, some in little pots. The Daily Telegraph, open at the stocks and shares page, lay on a table in front of a very long sofa in faded pink. On the small table by Vera's chair were a magnifying glass, an open letter, a coaster, and an ashtray. But there was not a book to be seen, and only a few bland landscapes on the wall.

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