A Woman of No Importance is the incredible untold story of Virginia Hall, an American woman with a wooden leg who infiltrated Occupied France for the Special Operations Executive and became the Gestapo’s most wanted Allied Spy. It’s such a captivating story from recent history that it’s been optioned for film by JJ Abrams/Paramount in which Daisy Ridley will star as Virginia Hall.
Sonia Purnell is an author, journalist and broadcaster known for her investigative skills and lively writing style. Her first book Just Boris: A Tale of Blond Ambition was longlisted for the Orwell Prize for its insightful and ground breaking portrait of Boris Johnson. Her second book, First Lady: The Life & Warts of Clementine Churchill, tells the astonishing but previously untold story of Clementine Churchill.
Sonia will tell Virginia Hall’s story of female heroism in WW II and explore the life of a complicated and uniquely successful spy who defied great odds and prejudice (about her gender and her disability) at home and abroad.
As always, guests will receive a sumptuous afternoon tea and there will be an opportunity to purchase the book and have it signed by the author.