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Trapeze by Simon Mawer
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Jul 26, 2012

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bookshelves: books-read-in-2012, fiction, historical
Read from July 20 to 24, 2012

This book tells the story of a young girl growing to adulthood while working as a spy during WWII in the SOE unit. A real unit which had very few women working in it, it was a group where over half the women died after being arrested by the Nazis for their participation in the war effort. Marian starts out as a very young woman who thinks being recruited will be a huge adventure. While it is certainly adventurous being in the SOE, Marian soon learns the hardships and fears of being a spy. Mawer's genius in this book is bringing the reader along as we watch Marian mature and change from a young girl to a scared professional resigned to whatever her fate may be. This is a touching and sad story of the sacrifices made by the real "Marians" during the war effort.

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