Troubador In Youth, In Fear, In War

Released: 28/02/2017

ISBN: 9781785899096

eISBN: 9781785897825

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In Youth, In Fear, In War


Working as a courier for an escape line over the Pyrenees early in the Second World War, Françoise is approached by the British Secret Service. Is what they propose – involving leaving her family and entering the lethal game of wartime espionage – reasonable for a young woman only two years after finishing her schooldays in Bordeaux? Françoise’s best friend, Justine, enters the glamorous world of haute couture, which is still thriving in occupied Paris. Justine has a past that, should it be discovered, could mean deportation to the camps in Eastern Europe. Justine’s sister, Claudia, a brilliant mathematician working in Berlin on a top-secret project for the German High Command, is faced with the nightmare of betraying her country if she is to save her life. Powerful and emotional, the close relationships between Françoise, Justine and Claudia are tested by their conflicting wartime allegiances as they struggle to take possession of a secret that can alter the course of the war... David Longridge takes inspiration from Alan Furst, Nella Bielski, and Sebastian Faulks. In Youth, In Fear, In War highlights the way in which certain women played as important a role in espionage as their male counterparts played in fighting at the front, and at least as dangerous in terms of the personal risks they ran. The novel will appeal to fans of historical thrillers, particularly those set during World?War Two.

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Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard

This story is set during the Second World War and follows three remarkable, strong women – Françoise, and Justine and her sister Claudia. The action take place in many locations including London, Bordeaux, Vichy, Rome, Paris, Malta and Berlin. The major wartime issues of deportation of the Jews and the work of the Resistance are at the forefront of the story. The action stretches over several years and thus the novel is very ambitious, but the author presents us with a well-structured and fast-paced story.
The three women all become involved in secretive wartime activities. However, allegiances and love are tested and at various times all three of them find themselves on the run. The novel excellently portrays the tense atmosphere that was rife at the time when you didn’t know who you could trust. Betrayal could be only a moment away. People were driven to extreme acts for their country or to protect their family members, and our three heroines are no exception.
This is a fascinating book. The author has clearly done much painstaking research and we learn a great deal about how the secret services operated during the war, and the type of people who did this invaluable work. The characters are rounded and interesting, and we quickly become involved in their moral and physical struggles.

by Jane Oakley

A tense well written historical thriller. A page turner about the role women played during the war and the very important role they played in espionage. I really found this book an interesting exciting page turner.

by Rhonda Lomazow

David Longridge

David Longridge is a writer with a wealth of experience and success in the Real World.

After school he worked for, and became, Chief Executive of Avis International, then second biggest car rental company in the World. That was followed by a long stint in investment banking in the City of London. On retirement, he decided to release his creativity by writing books that were fictional, but in a historical setting of a period he loved.

'Polka Dots and Moonbeams' is his third novel, an extraordinary story that flips between the Parisienne fashion houses and the Vietnam War with the French in the 1950s. It was an extraordinary time, at the birth of our modern age, and David catches the mood, ambience, romance and urgency of that period as he did in 'In Youth, in Fear, in War' and in 'Silence in the Desert'. Tragedy and joy go hand in hand.

David works from his home in Malmesbury, England, with his wife Anna who is a practising artist.

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