The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

Large Print - 2013
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A diplomat's daughter, Marian Sutro is an outsider - half French, half British. When she is recruited by SOE, her hybrid status and fluent French will be of service for her to go undercover in wartime France on a dangerous cause. Trained in sabotage, dead-drops, how to perform under interrogation and how to kill, Marian parachutes into south-west France - officially as a Resistance courier. But her real destination is Paris, where she must find Clement Pelletier, a family friend, once the focus of her adolescent desires. A nuclear physicist, Pelletier is engaged in the race for a new and terrifying weapon and of urgent significance to her superiors. Marian struggles towards this reunion, understanding that war changes everything, and neither love nor fatherland may be trusted.
Publisher: Leicester : Charnwood, 2013
Edition: Complete and unabridged, 1st Charnwood ed., Large print ed
Description: 399 p. (large print) ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781444814484
Branch Call Number: LP Mawe
Additional Contributors: Mawer, Simon. Girl who fell from the sky


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Feb 23, 2017

The subject matter of this book had the potential to be a very good read. Unfortunately, this author did not deliver, and I found the book to be on the boring side. "Jackdaws" makes a better story using the same subject.

Jun 09, 2015

Simon Mawer has based his story on the women who were parachuted into France by the Special Operations Executive. It is a tense read. I would have preferred a different ending.

Apr 14, 2015

Good book. Very easy read. Totally enjoyed it.

brianreynolds Dec 24, 2013

Until the final chapter, I was preparing myself for a debate with the dust jacket's contention that The Girl Who Fell from the Sky (not so aptly renamed Trapeze for American readers) " both a gripping adventure story and a moving meditation on patriotism, betrayal and the limits of love." But that's exactly what it is. I'm quite sure Northop Frye would have shelved it somewhere between Shane and King Lear—likely closer to the former. This a compelling read; Mawer's hero, Marian Sutro, turns out to be a hero, one with questions that take the reader far beyond the typical spy thriller.

Dec 06, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and loved the glimpse into the past. It is set during the Second World War and the danger presented is captivating! The author has created such a strong and dynamic main character and although it didn't have the drama that kept you turning the pages and never wanting to put it down, you will walk away feeling sad that it's over. And the ending!!....I won't say any more!
As someone who reads a lot of Christian fiction, the story contained a little more sexual content than I would have preferred, but overall was a great book!

Aug 16, 2012

Interesting piece of history and a strong central character. Will have me looking for more of his work.

Jul 27, 2012

This is the story of woman parachuted into France as a courier during WW II whose job it is to get out a nuclear physicist. An unsentimental story about love, betrayal and patriotism. Recommended.

Jul 12, 2012

Simon Mawer is such a good writer...I did prefer The Glass House to this, but still an enjoyable read. I'm guessing Booker long list this year.

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