Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan
by Shrabani Basu
The remarkable biography of Noor Inayat Khan, code named “Madeleine,” who was the first woman wireless transmitter in occupied France during WWII. She was trained by Britain’s SOE and assumed the most dangerous resistance post in underground Paris. She was eventually betrayed into the hands of the Gestapo and then executed at Dachau in 1944.
Spy Princess details Noor’s inspiring life from birth to death, incorporating information from her family, friends, witnesses, and official records including recently released personal files of SOE operatives. It is the story of a young woman who lived with grace, beauty, courage and determination, and who bravely offered the ultimate sacrifice of her own life in service of her ideals. Her last word was “Liberte.”
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261 pages 6″x9″ ISBN: 9780930872786
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Reviews of Spy Princess
“Shrabani Basu… has pieced together Noor’s story more fully and reliably than ever before…Thanks to her book, a new generation can grasp what Noor did, and how she did it, with much greater clarity.”
The Independent, Boyd Tonkin
“The story of Noor Inayat Khan transcends nations and cultures. It is an intensely human story of a woman bought up to tell the truth and eschew violence. Yet she fought as a spy and died in a Nazi concentration camp with the word ‘Liberte’ on her lips. Noor was Indian and French and British, a Sufi and a fighter, a gentle musician and a brave soldier. This is why her appeal is cosmopolitan.”
Lord Meghnad Desai and Kishwar Desai
“…she became the only Asian secret agent in Europe in World War II, was one of three women in the SOE to be awarded the Georges Cross and was awarded the Croix de Guerre. Shrabani Basu’s new book tells the full story of this extraordinary heroic woman.”