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Simon Mawer. "Trapeze"

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message 1: by Betty (last edited Dec 08, 2018 08:20PM) (new)

Betty (olderthan18) | 617 comments Radio Interview: Simon Mawer and Diane Rehm (June 12, 2012) talk about his novel Trapeze aka The Girl Who Fell from the Sky https://dianerehm.org/audio/#/shows/2...

ABC radio interview http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcas...

"Marian Sutro, an ordinary young woman who, like her real-life counterparts in S[pecial] O[perations] E[xecutive] such as Violette Szabo, Nancy Wake or Noor Inayat Khan, did the most extraordinary things at a time when the ordinary was not enough." http://www.simonmawer.com/Girl_Who_Fe...

Violette Szabo
Violette Szabo IWM photo
Nancy Wake
Nancy Wake (1945)
Noor Inayat Khan
Noor Inayat Khan



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Betty (olderthan18) | 617 comments Tools for Espionage

"Not just a key [...] if you file the metal down at the letter R you'll find a small cavity. In the eye of the letter [...]Inside that cavity -- it's less than two millimeters across -- is what we call a microdot [...] A piece of photographic film little bigger than a full stop." (Simon Mawer. "Trapeze" chapter "England")


Saber with Scabbard - Met - DP215265 "Saber with Scabbard"
"The emerald near the top of the scabbard opens to reveal a secret compartment containing a gold coin marked with the name of Süleyman the Magnificent (1494–1566), the most powerful Ottoman ruler of the sixteenth century."


Pigeon Camera - Flickr - The Central Intelligence Agency "Pigeon Camera"


message 3: by Betty (last edited Dec 29, 2018 08:57PM) (new)

Betty (olderthan18) | 617 comments Discussion questions about Trapeze found online are here.

The sequel in this series, named for the main character 'Marian Sutro,' is entitled Tightrope . Set after World War II, it nevertheless contains enough backstories to fill the reader in about Marian's experiences as Trapeze ends with a surprising finish. It won the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.

Though separate from the above series, Simon Mawer has written an acclaimed novel called The Glass Room .


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