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eBook The Girl Who Fell from the Sky ePub

by Simon Mawer

  • ISBN: 0349000069
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  • Author: Simon Mawer
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Abacus; 47797th edition (2012)
  • ePub book: 1977 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1815 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 290

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His new book, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, is less ambitious.

His new book, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, is less ambitious. Set during the second world war, it follows the fortunes of a well brought up middle-class girl, Marian Sutro, the bilingual daughter of a diplomat, who is recruited as a spy and parachuted into south-west France to act as a courier for the resistance. But her true mission, it transpires, is to make contact in Paris with an old family friend, on whom she once had an adolescent crush, but who is now a brilliant physicist engaged in a clandestine race to create the nuclear bomb.

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. Marian Sutro is an outsider: the daughter of a diplomat, brought up on the shores of Lake Geneva and in England, half French, half British, naive yet too clever for her own good

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. Marian Sutro is an outsider: the daughter of a diplomat, brought up on the shores of Lake Geneva and in England, half French, half British, naive yet too clever for her own good. But when she is recruited from her desk job by SOE to go undercover in wartime France, it seems her hybrid status - and fluent French - will be of service to a greater, more dangerous cause. Trained in sabotage, dead-drops, how to perform under interrogation and how to kill, Marian parachutes into south-west France, her official mission to act as a Resistance courier.

This is much more of traditional thriller, albeit an intelligent one. We're in Eric Ambler territory here, though William Boyd's Restless also comes to mind

Simon Mawer was born in 1948 in England, and spent his childhood there, in Cyprus and in Malta

Simon Mawer was born in 1948 in England, and spent his childhood there, in Cyprus and in Malta. He then moved to Italy, where he and his family lived for more than thirty years, and taught at the British International School in Rome. He and his wife currently live in Hastings. Simon Mawer is the author of several novels including the Man Booker shortlisted The Glass Room, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky and Tightrope.

Simon Mawer's eighth novel, The Glass Room, was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2009, and many . Its successor was bound to cause a degree of performance anxiety.

Simon Mawer's eighth novel, The Glass Room, was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2009, and many felt that it should have won. That novel is immensely rich, encompassing the history of Europe before, during, and after the Second World War, culture (architecture, art) and humanity (evil, betrayal, denial, love). The Girl Who Fell From the Sky lacks the unique selling point of its predecessor

Tightrope by Simon Mawer Paperback £. 6. Only 4 left in stock (more on the way). The wonderful new novel from the Man Booker Prize shortlisted author of THE GLASS ROOM. See all Product description.

Tightrope by Simon Mawer Paperback £. The Glass Room by Simon Mawer Paperback £. 9.

I bought this book because every previous book I read by Simon Mawer was excellent. Sad to say, this book comes no where near his previous standard.

Shelves: read-2012, war-conflict, tiple-countries, historical-fiction. I bought this book because every previous book I read by Simon Mawer was excellent. The plot is plain silly, the heroine ditto and so is the writing. If you read Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan you will understand how an intelligent Britain based wartime spy story should be written.

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky (as published in the UK by Little, Brown and Company) or Trapeze (as published in the US by Other Press) is a novel written by Simon Mawer, published in 2012.

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky (as published in the UK by Little, Brown and Company) or Trapeze (as published in the US by Other Press) is a novel written by Simon Mawer, published in 2012

Everything had a code name, even the task of dropping them into a field somewhere in France; even they themselves had code names particular to this operation: she was FLORIST and Benoît was MILKMAN.

Everything had a code name, even the task of dropping them into a field somewhere in France; even they themselves had code names particular to this operation: she was FLORIST and Benoît was MILKMAN. Like that childhood game she used to play: Happy Families. The next morning there was the name TRAPEZE on the noticeboard outside the office, scheduled above all the others despite the crowding of the last few weeks. What’s so special about Florist and Milkman?’. Emile complained, but she shrugged him aside.

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Comments

Hanad Hanad
Not a spy novels

Simon Mawer has a somewhat quirky style of writing [not afraid to use some old-fashioned English words and phrases] but the story line speeds along despite this. The trouble is that the book is touted as a spy novel where in fact it is really a novel about spies. This may seem a quibble but avid espionage aficionados will be disappointed by the absence of the twists and turns of their favorite genre and the lack of any 'insider' atmospherics of the type Len Deighton is so good at. Instead we get a linear plot with no great surprises, peopled by allied agents [French and British] who are,of course, working against the occupying Nazis in France. The star is a nubile young lady barely into her 20s who speaks good French because her diplomat father was posted to Geneva in the pre-war years of her youth. Marian [nom de guerre: Anne Marie Laroche] learned her French in an expensive Swiss finishing school and at the outbreak of war found herself in London working for the ATS-- where the UK parked their female combatants. The intelligence service [we never learn which one] notice her and she is sent on a course designed to train future helpers of the French resistance. There she [sort of] falls in love with a male colleague--young and French] and the scene is set for Marian's first sexual experience. In France she meets up with a middle-aged man whom she once had a crush on when in Geneva. He is now a nuclear scientist who for some reason has landed up in Paris working on nuclear research for the Germans. Marian falls in love again and her earlier crush becomes a fulfilled, physical reality. The novel is largely about her and her colleagues--with a few gruff French peasant types thrown in for color. But there are no surprises in this plot. The foundation for the sequel is securely laid by the cliff-hanging denouement.
Adrielmeena Adrielmeena
Unfortunately I read the kindle edition TRAPEZE which is the SAME BOOK which I also bought entitled GiIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY..
I do think Amazon owes it to its readers to make sure that readers realize the different titles under which the same book may be published.
LeXXXuS LeXXXuS
This was a pleasant read, and interesting to have a female spy for a change. However, I found it a bit innocent, which may seem an odd thing to say. I suppose I may be subconsciously comparing it to LeCarré, which is perhaps not entirely fair. I did prompt me to do a bit more reading about women in intelligence work. And I was sufficiently intrigued to read the sequel, Tightrope.
Bludsong Bludsong
A gripping story that keeps the reader involved till the end.So in many ways, a successful book.This is based on fact.The women who spoke fluent French were indeed used during the war as gatherers of information and organizers of various activities such as air drops.Beyond that,they don't seem to have been specially highly regarded or nurtured by the British agents who sent them there and were expected to look after themselves with the help of locals.There are characters in this book that are not always convincing and plot lines that don't quite fulfill their promise.But there are some terrific scenes and brave actions that keep you engrossed.I had the feeling that this was a good commercial idea for the author.It would have helped me a lot to know more about some of the back stories and I would recommend reading around this a bit..maybe the real story of Collete or Odette or the development of the bombs.
Voodoolkree Voodoolkree
A girl turned into a spy in pursuit of freedom and love when the world was at war. This country girl whom no one had taken seriously about grew up into coldblooded killer, fast in the Nazi-occupied France. Women like her took an important role at the war.

This is not a spy story. There is not many surprising plot. It follows through the main character's emotion in details and emphasize the role of women in the society then.
Auridora Auridora
great book and the second one tightrope is also fantastic.
saafari saafari
Very good indeed. I'm of an age where I can relate to the wartime setting (I remember the commando raid on Norway to destroy the heavy water facility) and the plot, which could have been simplistic, benefited greatly from the nuclear element.
I probably wouldn't have chosen this book myself, but it was a Book Club choice so I downloaded it and got stuck in and was immediately sucked in. I found it to be a real page turner and despite my reservations about reading yet another war novel, this one is refreshingly different. The heroine is engaging and enfuriating at the same time, but this was part of the attraction for me. I'd definitely like to read more of Simon Mawer's works- great style.