A Life in Secrets

By Sarah Helm

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Publish Date: 2005

With unprecedented access to official and private documents, Sarah Helm reconstructs the life of Vera Atkins, an intelligence officer who worked in the France Section of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the Second World War. After the war, she was sent to find out what happened to the agents who were sent into Occupied France, many of whom had been killed, some of whom she had trained herself. But Vera Atkins lived a secret life, a life that even her closest family barely knew.