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  • Published: 4 July 2024
  • ISBN: 9781405968782
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Narrator: Peter Noble
  • RRP: $28.00
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Paris '44

The Shame and the Glory




From the Sunday Times-bestselling author, comes a heart-stopping countdown narrative recreating the liberation of Paris in 1944, one of the great and most dramatic hinge moments of WW2

From the Sunday Times-bestselling author, comes a heart-stopping countdown narrative recreating the liberation of Paris in 1944, one of the great and most dramatic hinge moments of WW2

When the Germans marched in and the lamps went out in the City of Light the millions who loved Paris mourned. Liberation, four years later, triggered an explosion of joy and relief. It was the party of the century and everybody who was anybody was there. General Charles de Gaulle seized the moment to create an instant legend that would take its place alongside the great moments in French history. After years of oppression and humiliation Parisians had risen to reclaim their city and drive out the forces of darkness – or so the story went.

This fresh new account of the liberation, packed with revelation, tells the story of those heady days of suspense, danger, exhilaration – and vengeance – through the eyes of a range of participants, reflecting all sides of the conflict: Americans, French and Germans; resisters and collaborators. Among them are famous names like Ernest Hemingway, J.D. Salinger and Pablo Picasso, but also some fascinating unknowns including a medic turned Resistance gunwoman, an androgynous Hungarian sculptor and a French bluestocking who quietly set about saving the nation’s art treasures from the Nazi looters.

Paris ’44 looks behind the mythology to tell the real story of the liberation and expose the conflicts and contradictions of France under the occupation – the shame as well as the glory. This gripping war-time narrative will enthral anyone who has a place for Paris in their hearts.

  • Published: 4 July 2024
  • ISBN: 9781405968782
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Narrator: Peter Noble
  • RRP: $28.00
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Praise for Paris '44

‘A fascinating narrative about a little known period of Parisian history with a cast of characters worthy of a Blazac or Victor Hugo novel. Yet, this isn’t fiction – it’s a meticulously researched account full of surprising anecdotes and fascinating people that unveils much about modern-day Paris

Edward Chisholm, author of A Waiter in Paris

Excellent . . . a fresh, unexpected take on the liberation of Paris

Julian Jackson, author of France on Trial: The Case of Marshal Pétain

An extraordinary moment of history brought to vivid, pulsing life. Rich with suspense and layered with intrigue

Sinclair McKay, author of Berlin