HHhH by Laurent Binet (trans. Sam Taylor) (Harvill Secker, 2012). A writer's obsession with the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich turns into a fascinating exploration of the boundaries between history, storytelling, imagination and memory. Winner of the Prix Goncourt's 2010 First Novel award.
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Simon Mawer (Little, Brown, 2012). A young woman is recruited for an SOE mission to France to rescue a nuclear physicist. Anne‐Marie Walters' Moondrop to Gascony is the inspiration for this well-crafted and researched novel, which introduces a few unusual twists and turns away from the typical 'female agent in France' storyline. Also available as an audiobook.
Early One Morning (Kindle) by Robert Ryan (Kindle edition, 2010). Based on the exploits of Grand Prix drivers Robert Benoist and William Grover‐Williams.
The Tiger Claw by Shauna Singh Baldwin (Vintage, 2005). Another non-fiction novel, adapting the life of agent Noor Inayat Khan.
The Caves of Perigord by Martin Walker (Simon and Schuster, 2009). Draws on the history of the Lascaux caves and the adventures of Jacques Poirier, George Hiller and other SOE agents in south‐western France.