This 1941 memoir of life on the frontline of wartime Europe by a pioneering correspondent is a rediscovered classic.
Flinging off her heels under shellfire; meeting Hitler (‘an inconspicuous little man’); gossiping with Churchill by his goldfish pond; dancing in the bomb-blasted Ritz; reading The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism on a Soviet train; eating reindeer with guerrilla skiers – Virginia Cowles’s incredible dispatches provide a vivid eyewitness account of Europe from the 1930s into the Second World War.
‘An amazingly brilliant reporter . . . One of the most engrossing and illuminatingly effective books that the war has produced.’ New York Times Book Review
A Fur Coat and a Typewriter
As yet another fearless female reporter in a flak jacket flashes on to our television screens to tell us in rapid bursts how British troops came under fire that day, I often think of the handful of...Read more