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Sonia Purnell Presents A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II (Zoom)

November 18, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Join us for this live webinar on Thursday, November 18th at 6:30PM EST.

*Please note the 6:30PM EST start time.

The New York Times bestselling author Sonia Purnell will join us, via live webinar from London, to discuss the remarkable story of Virginia Hall, an unrecognized but highly impactful World War II heroine who established intricate spy networks throughout France and became vital to the resistance. Ms. Purnell will discuss her book, the research that went into it, and the historic events that surround this incredible story.



In 1942, the Gestapo would stop at nothing to track down a mysterious ‘limping lady’ who had eluded its clutches in her fight for the freedom of France. Consumed with rage at her daring, Nazi chiefs issued a simple but urgent command: ‘She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her.’

The Gestapo’s target was Virginia Hall, a glamorous American with a wooden leg who broke through the barriers against her gender and disability to be the first woman to infiltrate Vichy France for the SOE. In so doing she helped turn the course of the intelligence war.

This is the epic tale of an heiress from Maryland who determined that a hunting accident would not define her existence; a young woman who gambled her life to fight alongside the British for the freedoms she believed in; an espionage novice who helped to light the flame of French Resistance, and who would lead a guerrilla campaign to help liberate great swathes of France from the Nazis after D-Day.

Based on new and extensive research, Sonia Purnell has for the first time uncovered the full secret life of Virginia Hall, an astounding and inspiring story of heroism, spy craft, resistance and personal triumph over shocking adversity.


Sonia Purnell, photo by Charlie Hopkinson ©

Sonia Purnell is a highly acclaimed author, journalist, and broadcaster. Her first book, Just Boris, was longlisted for the Orwell Prize; her second, First Lady (Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill in the U.S.), was shortlisted for the Plutarch Prize. Her third book, A Woman of No Importance, was a NYT bestseller and won the Plutarch Prize for Biography.  Sonia writes for several newspapers and is a regular broadcaster in Britain and abroad. She lives in London.


November 18, 2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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