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

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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.

The Wilts & Glos Standard ran a feature article on me and my novel 'In Youth, in Fear, in War' in their print edition of 9 Feb, and online as follows:

http://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/northwilts/15077619.Malmesbury_author_pens_first_novel_about_untold_story_of_female_spies_during_WW2/

d.longridge@btinternet.com

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard

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 has lived in France and Germany, run a large American company internationally, and worked in the City. His interest in people who played critical roles in time of war led him to write his first novel: 'In Youth, in Fear, in War'. In this book, he depicts in fiction the remarkable way certain women contributed to that struggle.

David's second novel 'Silence in the Desert' focuses on events often overlooked in the popular history of the war, with an underlying theme of signals intelligence. New characters join some of those from the first book, both as allies and on opposing sides. Together, they face the war-induced suspension of the morality of their upbringing as new allegiances conflict with friendships of the past. David writes from his home in Wiltshire, England, working with his wife Anna who is a practising artist.

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