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When Claude Peri and Madeleine Bayard meet in the 1930s, they fall immediately and passionately in love. Soulmates and lovers, they work together on missions as spies for the French Government - but on returning to Paris in 1939, they are appalled to see their countrymen flee the capital in terror as the German army advances. In an act of typical defiance, they escape - not to capitulate, but to fight for the other side. "Claude and Madeleine" tells how, aboard their beloved ship SS Le Rhin, they abandon their allegiance to France and gradually pass from the French secret service into the heart of British Intelligence. Claude becomes a Royal Navy commander; Madeleine a cipher officer in the WRNS. After mutiny, mistrust, and against incredible odds, SS Le Rhin becomes HMS Fidelity; in 1942, Claude - with Madeleine at his side - commands HMS Fidelity on her most dangerous mission yet, heading back to the Japanese-occupied Far East on what they anticipate will be their final campaign ...Full of tantalizing adventure, taking the reader from Hanoi to Calcutta, the Mediterranean to the midwinter Atlantic Ocean, "Claude and Madeleine" combines social history, politics, travel and biography in a moving and extraordinary true story.
A true story of espionage, adventure and love against the odds during the darkest days of the Second World War. When Claude Peri and Madeleine Bayard meet in Indochina in the 1930s, they fall immediately and passionately in love. They are soulmates, and not only lovers - each works as a spy for the French government. Claude travels alone through Hitler's Germany (where he is invited to dinner with Hermann Goering), the Middle East, India and Thailand. Then, travelling together to Paris in 1939, Claude and Madeleine are appalled as they watch their countrymen flee the capital in terror as the German army advances. Claude and Madeleine tells how, aboard their beloved ship Le Rhin, they abandon their allegiance to France and throw in their lot with the British. After mutiny, mistrust and seemingly impossible hardship, SS Le Rhin eventually becomes HMS Fidelity, running secret missions for the British navy.; Full of extraordinary stories and compelling characters, taking the reader from Hanoi to Calcutta, Europe and beyond, Claude and Madeleine combines social history, politics, travel and biography in an epic and tumultuous story which is by turns thrilling, revealing and deeply moving
This is the story of how one brave scientist unlocked the mystery at the heart of this most feared of diseases. This discovery was made in Hong Kong at the beginning of the 20th century, during an outbreak that threatened to decimate the island and, from there, the world. A tense and frightening race was run in appalling conditions by two rival scientists: Alexandre Yersin - rigorous, solitary, cerebral - and the suave Kitasaka, unscrupulous, enigmatic, careless. Spiced with anecdotes, facts and chilling reconstructions, this investigation of the plague in the modern world brings some disturbing facts to light.
Part travel-book, part adventure story, this is an account of Edward Marriott's trip to Papua New Guinea to discover the "lost" Liawep tribe. When a natural tragedy affects the village, the tribe hold Marriott responsible for the death of a woman and her children.
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