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Purnell, Sonia

Overview
Works: 22 works in 108 publications in 4 languages and 4,471 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  History  Portraits  Illustrated works 
Roles: Author
Classifications: D810.S8, B
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Most widely held works by Sonia Purnell
A woman of no importance : the untold story of the American spy who helped win World War II by Sonia Purnell( Book )

19 editions published between 2019 and 2020 in English and held by 2,065 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The never-before-told story of one woman's heroism that changed the course of the Second World War. In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her." This spy was Virginia Hall, a young American woman--rejected from the foreign service because of her gender and her prosthetic leg--who talked her way into the spy organization dubbed Churchill's "ministry of ungentlemanly warfare," and, before the United States had even entered the war, became the first woman to deploy to occupied France. Virginia Hall was one of the greatest spies in American history, yet her story remains untold. Just as she did in Clementine, Sonia Purnell uncovers the captivating story of a powerful, influential, yet shockingly overlooked heroine of the Second World War. At a time when sending female secret agents into enemy territory was still strictly forbidden, Virginia Hall came to be known as the "Madonna of the Resistance," coordinating a network of spies to blow up bridges, report on German troop movements, arrange equipment drops for Resistance agents, and recruit and train guerilla fighters. Even as her face covered WANTED posters throughout Europe, Virginia refused order after order to evacuate. She finally escaped with her life in a grueling hike over the Pyrenees into Spain, her cover blown, and her associates all imprisoned or executed. But, adamant that she had "more lives to save," she dove back in as soon as she could, organizing forces to sabotage enemy lines and back up Allied forces landing on Normandy beaches. Told with Purnell's signature insight and novelistic panache, A Woman of No Importance is the breathtaking story of how one woman's fierce persistence helped win the war"--
Clementine : the life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell( Book )

23 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in English and Dutch and held by 1,668 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of Winston Churchill's extraordinary wife and her lesser-known role in World War II discusses her relationship with political mentor Eleanor Roosevelt, her role in safeguarding Churchill's health throughout key historical events and her controversial family priorities
Just Boris : the irresistible rise of a political celebrity by Sonia Purnell( Book )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A major and controversial new biography of one of the most compelling and contradictory figures in modern British life. Born Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, to most of us he is just 'Boris' - the only politician of the age to be regarded in such familiar, even affectionate terms. Uniquely, he combines comedy with erudition, gimleteyed focus with jokey self-deprecation, and is a loving family man with a roving eye. He is also a hugely ambitious figure with seemingly no huge ambitions to pursue - other than, perhaps, power itself. One of the most private men in public life, we all know of Boris, but so few can truly claim to know him. He invites attention, but has evaded scrutiny. Now, from the vantage point of a once close colleague, Sonia Purnell charts his remarkable rise and offers the first forensic account of just how he did it. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with Boris's friends, rivals, admirers and enemies, this revealing biography examines how a shy, young boy from a broken home grew up to be ou r only box-office politician - and most unlikely sex god; how the Etonian product fond of Latin tags became a Man of the People - and why he wanted to be; how the gaffe-prone buffoon charmed Londoners to win the largest personal mandate Britain has ever seen; and how the Johnson family has built our biggest - not to mention blondest - media and political dynasty. At times, allegations of infidelity, journalistic chicanery, rivalries with fellow Tories and scandal at City Hall have threatened to upset his rise, but still it continues. With his unruly mop of hair, trusty bicycle and the surest of popular touches, he remains a Teflon-coated breed apart - but for how long?"--Publisher's description
Clementine : the life of Mrs. Winston Churchill by Sonia Purnell( Recording )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of Winston Churchill's extraordinary wife and her lesser-known role in World War II discusses her relationship with political mentor Eleanor Roosevelt, her role in safeguarding Churchill's health throughout key historical events and her controversial family priorities. 2015
A woman of no importance : the untold story of WWII's most dangerous spy, Virginia Hall by Sonia Purnell( Book )

10 editions published between 2019 and 2020 in English and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The never-before-told story of one woman's heroism that changed the course of the Second World War In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her." This spy was Virginia Hall, a young American woman--rejected from the foreign service because of her gender and her prosthetic leg--who talked her way into the spy organization dubbed Churchill's "ministry of ungentlemanly warfare," and, before the United States had even entered the war, became the first woman to deploy to occupied France. Virginia Hall was one of the greatest spies in American history, yet her story remains untold. Just as she did in Clementine, Sonia Purnell uncovers the captivating story of a powerful, influential, yet shockingly overlooked heroine of the Second World War. At a time when sending female secret agents into enemy territory was still strictly forbidden, Virginia Hall came to be known as the "Madonna of the Resistance," coordinating a network of spies to blow up bridges, report on German troop movements, arrange equipment drops for Resistance agents, and recruit and train guerilla fighters. Even as her face covered WANTED posters throughout Europe, Virginia refused order after order to evacuate. She finally escaped with her life in a grueling hike over the Pyrenees into Spain, her cover blown, and her associates all imprisoned or executed. But, adamant that she had "more lives to save," she dove back in as soon as she could, organizing forces to sabotage enemy lines and back up Allied forces landing on Normandy beaches. Told with Purnell's signature insight and novelistic panache, A Woman of No Importance is the breathtaking story of how one woman's fierce persistence helped win the war
A woman of no importance : the untold story of the American spy who helped win WWII by Sonia Purnell( )

12 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The never-before-told story of one woman's heroism that changed the course of the Second World War In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her." The target in their sights was Virginia Hall, a Baltimore socialite who talked her way into Special Operations Executive, the spy organization dubbed Winston Churchill's "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare." She became the first Allied woman deployed behind enemy lines and?despite her prosthetic leg?helped to light the flame of the French Resistance, revolutionizing secret warfare as we know it. Virginia established vast spy networks throughout France, called weapons and explosives down from the skies, and became a linchpin for the Resistance. Even as her face covered wanted posters and a bounty was placed on her head, Virginia refused order after order to evacuate. She finally escaped through a death-defying hike over the Pyrenees into Spain, her cover blown. But she plunged back in, adamant that she had more lives to save, and led a victorious guerilla campaign, liberating 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, spycraft, resistance, and personal triumph over shocking adversity. A Woman of No Importance is the breathtaking story of how one woman's fierce persistence helped win the war
Clementine Churchill : a life in pictures by Sonia Purnell( )

6 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Without Winston Churchill's inspiring leadership Britain could not have survived its darkest hour. Without his wife Clementine, however, he might never have become Prime Minister. By his own admission, his role in the Second World War would have been impossible but for 'Clemmie'. That Clementine should have become Britain's First Lady was by no means preordained. She may have been born an aristocrat but her childhood was far from gilded. Deprived of affection, a secure home and sometimes even food on the table, by the time she entered high society she had become the target of cruel snobbery. Yet in Winston she discovered a partner as emotionally insecure as herself and in his career she found her mission. Theirs was a marriage that was to change the course of history. Clementine gave Winston confidence, conviction and counsel. Not only was she involved in some of the most crucial decisions of the war, she also exerted an influence over her husband and his governments that might be judged scandalous today. Her ability to manage this exceptional man, and to charm Britain's allies, earned her the deep respect of world leaders, ministers, generals and critics alike. While her tireless work to alleviate suffering on the Home Front and abroad made her a champion to many in the population at large
The irresistible rise of a political celebrity by Sonia Purnell( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Just Boris : a tale of blond ambition by Sonia Purnell( Book )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Born Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, to most of us he is just 'Boris' - the only politician of the age to be regarded in such familiar, even affectionate terms. Uniquely, he combines comedy with erudition, gimlet-eyed focus with jokey self-deprecation, and is a loving family man with a roving eye. He is also a hugely ambitious figure with seemingly no huge ambitions to pursue - other than, perhaps, power itself. In this revealing biography, written from the vantage point of a once close colleague, Sonia Purnell examines how a shy, young boy from a broken home became our only box-office politician - and most unlikely sex god; how the Etonian product fond of Latin tags became a Man of the People - and why he wanted to be; how the gaffe-prone buffoon charmed Londonders to win the largest personal mandate Britain has ever seen; and how the Johnson family built our biggest - and blondest - media and political dynasty. The first forensic account of a remarkable rise to fame and power, Just Boris unravels this most compelling of political enigmas and asks whether the Mayor who dreams of crossing the Thames to Downing Street has what it takes to be Prime Minister." -- Back cover
First lady : the life and wars of Clementine Churchill by Sonia Purnell( )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Without Churchill's inspiring leadership Britain could not have survived its darkest hour and repelled the Nazi menace. Without his wife Clementine, however, he might never have become Prime Minister. By his own admission, the Second World War would have been 'impossible without her'. Clementine was Winston's emotional rock and his most trusted confidante. Yet her ability to charm Britain's allies and her humanitarian efforts on the Home Front earned her deep respect. Now Sonia Purnell explores the peculiar dynamics of this fascinating union
A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell( )

4 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The never-before-told story of one woman's heroism that changed the course of the Second World War In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her." The target in their sights was Virginia Hall, a Baltimore socialite who talked her way into Special Operations Executive, the spy organization dubbed Winston Churchill's "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare." She became the first Allied woman deployed behind enemy lines and?despite her prosthetic leg?helped to light the flame of the French Resistance, revolutionizing secret warfare as we know it. Virginia established vast spy networks throughout France, called weapons and explosives down from the skies, and became a linchpin for the Resistance. Even as her face covered wanted posters and a bounty was placed on her head, Virginia refused order after order to evacuate. She finally escaped through a death-defying hike over the Pyrenees into Spain, her cover blown. But she plunged back in, adamant that she had more lives to save, and led a victorious guerilla campaign, liberating 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, spycraft, resistance, and personal triumph over shocking adversity. A Woman of No Importance is the breathtaking story of how one woman's fierce persistence helped win the war
The life and wars of Clementine Churchill : the life and wars of Clementine Churchill by Sonia Purnell( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through the Churchills' 'wilderness years' in the 1930s, to Clementine's desperate efforts to preserve her husband's health during the struggle against Hitler, Sonia Purnell presents the inspiring but often ignored story of one of the most important women in modern history
Clementine by Sonia Purnell( )

3 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sonia Purnell has at long last given Clementine Churchill the biography she deserves. Sensitive yet clear-eyed, Clementine tells the fascinating story of a complex woman struggling to maintain her own identity while serving as the conscience and principal adviser to one of the most important figures in history."? Lynn Olson, bestselling author of Citizens of London Longlisted for the 2016 Plutarch Award A long-overdue tribute to the extraordinary woman behind Winston Churchill. By Winston Churchill's own admission, victory in the Second World War would have been "impossible without her." Until now, however, the only existing biography of Churchill's wife, Clementine, was written by her daughter. Sonia Purnell finally gives Clementine her due with a deeply researched account that tells her life story, revealing how she was instrumental in softening FDR's initial dislike of her husband and paving the way for Britain's close relationship with America. It also provides a surprising account of her relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt and their differing approaches to the war effort. Born into impecunious aristocracy, the young Clementine was the target of cruel snobbery. Many wondered why Winston married her, but their marriage proved to be an exceptional partnership. Beautiful and intelligent, but driven by her own insecurities, she made his career her mission. Any real consideration of Winston Churchill is incomplete without an understanding of their relationship, and Clementine is both the first real biography of this remarkable woman and a fascinating look inside their private world. From the Hardcover edition
Pedal power : how Boris failed London's cyclists by Sonia Purnell( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the author of Just Boris, the acclaimed and controversial new biography of Boris Johnson, comes a short polemical investigation into the London Mayor's much-vaunted Cycling Revolution. When Boris campaigned in the mayoral election of 2008 he rarely turned up to a photo-call without his trusty bike. His promise was to turn London into the greatest two-wheeled city on earth, where as many people commuted by bicycle as had done a century before. But after much fanfare, and millions spent on 'Super Highways' and 'Boris Bikes', it appears he has turned his back on cyclists in favour of the gas-guzzling motorists of London's Conservative heartlands. Worse still, although the Cycling Revolution has brought more bikes onto the roads, it has been accompanied by an alarming rate of crashes. With the same forensic zeal she applied to Just Boris, Sonia Purnell separates fact from fiction to reveal how 'the cycling mayor' has failed on his greatest ambition for London, and offers a timely insight into what Londoners can expect from another term of the blond on the bike. Sonia Purnell is a writer and freelance journalist living in London and is the author of the acclaimed biography Just Boris: A Tale of Blond Ambition. She worked closely with Boris Johnson in the Daily Telegraph's Brussels bureau in the early Nineties at a turning point in his personal life and working career
Clementine Churchill by Sonia Purnell( Book )

3 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in Swedish and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ett mycket läsvärt porträtt av en av den moderna historiens viktigaste kvinnor. Vilken var Winston Churchills mest lysande prestation i livet? Enligt honom själv var det att gifta sig med den smarta, fantastiska men komplicerade kvinnan Clementine Churchill. Efter kriget medgav Winston att hustrun hade gjort mitt liv och allt mitt arbete möjligt. Clementine var sin makes klippa och närmaste förtrogna. Hon utövade ett enormt inflytande över Winston och även hans regering ett inflytande som för moderna ögon ter sig närmast opassande. Men hennes förmåga att charma Storbritanniens allierade och hennes humanitära insatser på hemmaplan ingav djup respekt hos omgivningen. Sonia Purnell har skrivit ett mycket läsvärt porträtt av en av den moderna historiens viktigaste kvinnor. Vi får en fascinerande inblick i Clementine Churchills politiska betydelse, men även en nära skildring av hennes svåra och stundtals tragiska privatliv från den stökiga uppväxten till familjelivet med Winston. [Publit]
A woman of no importance : the untold story of WW2's most dangerous spy, Virginia Hall by Sonia Purnell( Recording )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1942, the Gestapo would stop at nothing to track down a mysterious "limping lady" who was fighting for the freedom of France. The 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. In so doing she helped turn the course of the intelligence war. Based on new research, Sonia Purnell has uncovered the full secret life of Virginia Hall, an astounding and inspiring story of heroism, spycraft, and personal triumph over adversity.--Summary from CD jacket
Pedal Power : How Boris Johnson Failed London's Cyclists by Sonia Purnell( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clementine Churchill : pirmosios ledi gyvenimas ir karai by Sonia Purnell( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in Lithuanian and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Winstono Churchillio charakterio ir sprendimų neįmanoma suprasti be Clementine. Jos biografija - pirmasis objektyvus žvilgsnis į šios išskirtinės moters asmeninį ir viešąjį gyvenimą, jos meilę vyrui, ištvermę, vidinį trapumą ir nematomus darbus politikoje, be kurių mūsų pasaulis galbūt atrodytų visiškai kitaip"--Back cover
Clementine : the Life of Mrs. Winston by Sonia Purnell( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Through the Churchills' 'wilderness years' in the 1930s, to Clementine's desperate efforts to preserve her husband's health during the struggle against Hitler, Sonia Purnell presents the inspiring but often ignored story of one of the most important women in modern history
MAY 2017 BOOK CLUB by Sonia Purnell( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A portrait of Winston Churchill's extraordinary wife and her lesser-known role in World War II discusses her relationship with political mentor Eleanor Roosevelt, her role in safeguarding Churchill's health throughout key historical events and her controversial family priorities
 
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