SOE Novels

One or two titles here are self‐published, and are available on Kindle only.
Books with a rosetterosette iconare recommended titles.


As Time Goes By by Ted Allbeury (Hodder and Stoughton, 1994).

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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.

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I Can't Begin to Tell You [SOE Novel] by Elizabeth Buchan (Michael Joseph, August 2014).

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Light of the Moon by Elizabeth Buchan (Pan, 2004).

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By Moonlight by Peter Churchill (Hodder & Stoughton, 1958). SOE agent Peter Churchill's dramatised account of the Glières maquis.

image of novel Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks (novel)

Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks (Vintage, 2007).

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Shadow War - The Resistance Fighters' Literary Club by Debra Finerman (Rue de Courty Publications, 2014).

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In At The Kill [third book] by Alexander Fullerton (Sphere, 2000).

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Into The Fire [first book] by Alexander Fullerton (Sphere, 1997). First of a quartet of novels featuring female SOE agent Rose Ewing.

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Return to the Field [second book] by Alexander Fullerton (Sphere, 1998).

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Single to Paris [fourth book] by Alexander Fullerton (Little, Brown, 2001).

Staying Alive by Alexander Fullerton (Sphere, 2007). Prequel to the series of four books above.

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All That I Have by Laurent Joffrin (Arrow Books, 2005).

image of novel Farewell Leicester Square by Jon Kilkade

Farewell Leicester Square (Kindle) by Jon Kilkade (Magic Rat, 2012).

image of novel The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Simon MawerRecommended book rosette

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.

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The Light Behind The Window by Lucinda Riley (Pan, 2012). Published in the US under the title The Lavender Garden.

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Early One Morning (Kindle) by Robert Ryan (Kindle edition, 2010). Based on the exploits of Grand Prix drivers Robert Benoist and William Grover‐Williams.

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The Tiger Claw by Shauna Singh Baldwin (Vintage, 2005). Another non-fiction novel, adapting the life of agent Noor Inayat Khan.

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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.

image of novel Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Electric Monkey, February 2012). Also available as an audiobook.

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