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LITERARY SALON: Edward Stourton's "Cruel Crossing"

21.Feb.2014

Edward Stourton

talking about his new book

 

CRUEL CROSSING: ESCAPING HITLER ACROSS THE PYRENEES

 

CRUEL CROSSING relates the secret history of the World War Two escape routes through the Pyrenees from occupied France to Spain; personal stories of endurance, betrayal and remarkable bravery.

 

Today, these people’s bravery and endurance is commemorated each July by a trek along the Chemin de la Liberte - the toughest and most dangerous of wartime routes. Ed Stourton took part in this trek, and from his fellow pilgrims uncovered stories of midnight scrambles across rooftops, drops from speeding trains, doomed love affairs, horrific murder and astonishing heroism.

 

Drawing on interviews with these few remaining survivors and the families of those who were there, Ed Stourton’s vivid history of this little-known aspect of the Second World War is shocking, dramatic and intensely moving.

 

Thursday 27th March at 7.30pm

The Greene Room, Kings Arms, 147 High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 3HL

 

  • Tickets £12
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Copies of Cruel Crossing for sale
  • Opportunity to get your copy signed

 

book your place now at the Kings Arms main reception desk or online from www.booksatthebarn.co.uk

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