by Sonia Purnell 

A never-before-told story of Virginia Hall, the American spy who changed the course of World War II, from the author of Clementine.

In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: “She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her.”

The target in their sights was Virginia Hall, a Baltimore socialite who talked her way into Special Operations Executive, the spy organization dubbed Winston Churchill’s “Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.” She became the first Allied woman deployed behind enemy lines and–despite her prosthetic leg–helped to light the flame of the French Resistance, revolutionizing secret warfare as we know it.

Interview with the Author

WYPL Book Talk
Sonia Purnell – A Woman of No Importance
3/28/20       43 min

History Unplugged Podcast
‘A Woman of No Importance’: The One- Legged WW2 Spy Virginia Hall
6/11/19      36 min

Boston Athenaeum
Sonia Purnell, “A Woman of No Importance”
8/15/19      64 min

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