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Rosie's War

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  408 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
This is the extraordinary true story of a plucky young woman and her dramatic escape from a German-run internment camp in Occupied France. Written in Rosemary's own words and completed by her daughter and son-in-law after her death, it includes photographs and documents from Rosie's incredible journey. Rosie's story moves from artistic circles in Avignon, through occupied ...more
Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published May 18th 2011 by Michael O'Mara Books (first published 2011)
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David Highton
A war memoir written 50 years later about a young British au pair trapped in occupied France after the German invasion in 1940. Incredibly, having been an au pair to a family in Avignon since January 1939, she goes back to London for her twenty first birthday in March 1940 - still in the phoney war period - and then returns to Avignon, not expecting France to be overrun. Ill-advised by the Consulate in Marseille she goes to Paris and gets trapped, interned and escapes into Vichy France, eventual ...more
Noel Holland
As I wrote the book I can't rate it but I am very proud of having written it and of my mum for having told me the story.
Enjoyable, it has a real feel of the English stiff upper lip about it. Interesting that Rosie considered her experience at boarding school as a valuable preparation for life in a prison camp!
Alex Martin
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fascinating real life account of ww2 escape

An easy read real life account of one woman's entrapment in France during world war two. Rosemary Say comes across as very young more than anything. Due to this naivity she stubbornly refuses to look beyond her youthful self absorption and see the world collapsing into conflict. I particularly enjoyed the portrayal of Avignon and the seduction of the French way of life, making her stay on long after it was sensible. She was arrested as an alien, inevita
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it

I find, I often really enjoy true stories of World War Two. For me they really bring home the realities of a time that I think is hard for us now in the 21st century to properly appreciate. We live in a world now, where everything is known in an instant, where travel is easier and faster than it has ever been. This book – and many like it – remind us of a time when people could go weeks without knowing whether their loved ones were ok, making a phone call or sending a telegram was an involved pr
Jo Barton
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rosemary Say was an ordinary 19 year old woman, with dreams of adventure, who on the eve of the Second World War requested to work in Europe. She accepted a position in France to work as an au pair to a French family in Avignon. She was happily settled with her French family, and even though the threat of war was imminent, she disregarded the warning signs until it was too late to get back to England. Advised to try to escape via Paris, she was in the city when the Germans invaded, and unfortuna ...more
Angie Brewer
Feb 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Rosemary Say wasn't a soldier, a spy or a resistance heroine - she was a very young British woman working as an au pair in Avignon when the Germans invaded France, who left it too late to travel home safely. Rosie's War is an account of her attempts to get back to England over the next two years, including periods of internment by the Germans in Besancon and Vittel. This as a truly fascinating story and a very easy read - I read it in two sessions over one weekend. The only downside is that the ...more
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book does exactly what it says on the tin; it gives you Rose’s War. If you’re looking for a book full of WWII facts, then this isn’t it. However, if you looking for a personal take on how it was to survive those dark days the Rosie is your gal.

Rosemary Say, or Pat as she is affectionately known is a young English girl working as an Au Pair in Avignon, France.

This book recounts Rosie’s story as she is imprisoned in a German Nazi POW camp in occupied France and her subsequent long escape bac
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rosie's War is a fascinating account of a young Englishwoman's struggles in occupied France and her escape from an interment camp during WW2. I enjoyed reading about the experiences from a citizen's point of view - Rosemary was working as an au pair at the time. Her experiences were coloured by her financial status, ethnic background and the support her father and French family was able to provide. The stark differences between two very different internment camps was also incredibly interesting ...more
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
For some reason I am always fascinated by how ordinary people cope in the extrodinary conditions of war. This is a quick read and for that reason its easy to assume that the whole thing is a jolly hockey sticks escapade but that I think is the deceptive effect of the light tone. The story moves from a semi-normal life albeit in a country at war. She then witnesses the German entry into Paris, is interned as an enemy alien and eventully escapes and makes her way through Vichy France to the south ...more
Jan 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I LOVED this book. Rosie's memoirs are quite naive, and she seemed to be oblivious of much of the worst suffering that was going on around her while she was in the camps. She comes across as an incredibly upbeat and positive person, indeed even when she must have been near starving, and freezing in the camp at Besanҫon, she still notes how she liked to exercise and play tennis and other games to keep busy. Rosemary is an extremely likeable character, and although, she was by no means one of the ...more
Feb 26, 2012 rated it liked it
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This book serves as a fascinating real-life insight into one woman's experiences of the second World War. Rosemary, or 'Pat' as she was more informally known, moved to France before the war to work as an aupair but left it too late to get out of France before the Germans invaded.

The book tells her story of the long journey back home, detailing the horrific conditions in prison and her memories of those who helped her along the way. An interesting read definately, but somewhat lacking in a real e
Linda Humberstone
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a personal account of a young woman who lingered too long in France as war was declared and her escape from an internment camp and struggle to get home to England. For me, the thing that stands out in her story is the unselfish help she received from ordinary people who did not want acknowledgement or reward but simply to help her and her companion. The tedious waiting around for visas and the red tape involved must have been unbearably frustrating along with the fear of making a slip up ...more
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
i wasn't to keen on this book as it was a free be on the kindle so i thought i'd try this!
to darn right i tried and loved it to bits!
this book really did educate me a hell of a lot and i loved the characters in it!
this i think is based on a true story and i cannot believe how much that woman has been through!
love this book although it did faulter in places but it still truly made me love rosie a lot!
Neal Murphy
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fully enjoyed this book as an entertaining read. Add in to the mix that it's a true story and it becomes a recommended read, for me.

Fascinating to read of life in occupied France during WW2 and good to be reminded that the senior people around us often have interesting real life stories to tell.
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really interesting true-life story of a British woman who escaped occupied France in the beginnings of WWII. Unlike many other WWII tales I've read, this one actually tells a new, different story. Recommend.
Oct 04, 2015 rated it liked it
The true story of a young British woman stuck in Occupied France, how she survives and eventually returns home. Exciting, moving and ultimately triumphant. Enjoyable and would recommend.
Leaza Cowan
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Easy to read. A story well told without overplaying. Worth reading!
Rob Twinem
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Rather plodding..pace did up a little on the great escape so just an ok read :(
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I do not want to spoil Rosies story. I loved this book.
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
What an amazing true story of determination to escape from the clutches of the Germans in WWII. A really great read.
Bee Hoon Tee
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
brave women
Gail Banavage
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
quite lame
Liz Wilson
Feb 16, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a poignant true story which was interesting to read. I stuck with it as it was a true story, but as a plot on its own it lacks a little drive and sometimes became a little dull.
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
It's an okay read, but not the most engaging account of an escape occupied France. It all feels rather jolly - can't help thinking there is as much concealed as there is revealed.
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this, however at times the reaction to the horrors of the war seem blasé at times. Perhaps is it because time nulls the bad bits.
Jason Taylor
Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it
The book was an easy read, giving a more attractive insight to what I perceive the war to actually be like.
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