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Sonia Purnell

05 Oct 2019 00:00 - 00:00

Penshurst Church

Sonia Purnell started her career as a journalist. She worked under Boris Johnson in Brussels for The Daily Telegraph , writing about the experience afterwards in one of the first biographies of Britain’s new PM: Just Boris , A Tale of Blond Ambition . She followed this with First Lady , an acclaimed biography of Clementine Churchill.

Sonia has now unearthed the astonishing story of Virginia Hall, the American spy who lost a leg in a hunting accident but went on to became one of the SOE’s first and most successful secret agents in occupied France after being rejected for service by her own country.

Sonia talks about how she discovered and wrote this book A Woman of No Importance , already a best-seller and now due to become a Paramount film starring Daisy Ridley – in conversation with David Lough.