Love And War In The Pyrenees

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780753825914

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A vivid blend of history and travel and a sweeping story of collaboration and resistance, fear and heroism, pacifism and sacrifice all set against the backdrop of the Pyrenees.

‘A beguiling mix of travel, memoir, history and good old-fashioned storytelling – a slice of hidden France’ Kate Mosse

‘Combining memoir, fact and storytelling, Bailey does an impressive job’ INDEPENDENT

‘A moving account of of the region during World War Two’ TIME OUT

Over the fifteen years Rosemary has been living in the region, the more she realised she didn’t know about the war; about the French during the Occupation, the real role of the Resistance, the level of collaboration, the concentration camps in the Pyrenees and the treatment of Jews and other refugees. It is still very much a veiled history and most of the archives remain firmly closed.

LOVE AND WAR IN THE PYRENEES is a portrait of human tragedy, heroism and cruelty that will create a picture of the period from a contemporary angle, the history linked to sights that can still be visited, and brought to life by letters, interviews and encounters with people today, including the historians currently trying to investigate what really happened.

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Fascinating... courage, cruelty, heroism and the truth about both resistance and collaboration are revealed in a work that brilliantly reconstructs a past that is still contested
WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY
Fascinating... courage, cruelty, heroism and the truth about both resistance and collaboration are revealed in a work that brilliantly reconstructs a past that is still contested.
WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY
Bailey renders history personal and so brings it to life
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Combining memoir, fact and storytelling, Bailey does an impressive job
INDEPENDENT
The tales of derring-do in Rosemary Bailey's latest book would not be out of place in a Boy's Own adventure story... thorough, thought-provoking and at times deeply disturbing account of the impact of the Second World War on the villages and towns of the Pyrenees... a quiet triumph of historical reconstruction
JEWISH CHRONICLE
Important that Rosemary Bailey's investigative work reaches as wide an audience as possible ... stories are told fluently in Bailey's fluid, evocative prose, in which historical facts merge seamlessly with travel memoirs and personal recollections
YORKSHIRE POST
Her style of writing adds colour, depth and personality to what could otherwise be a dark subject matter... not only an interesting read... fascinating
FRANCE MAGAZINE
Part travel book, part history, part personal memoir, this is a gripping read
NORTHERN ECHO
Bailey renders history personal and so brings it to life.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
A beguiling mix of travel, memoir, history and good old-fashioned storytelling - a slice of hidden France
Kate Mosse
Impossible to put down... fascinating.... sheds new light
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Part travel book, part history, part persnoal memoir, this is a gripping read.
NORTHERN ECHO
A moving account of of the region during World War Two
TIME OUT
Combining memoir, fact and storytelling, Bailey does an impressive job.
INDEPENDENT