Caroline Moorehead and Edward Stourton: French Resistance
Chair: Anne Sebba
Caroline Moorehead’s Village of Secrets is a gripping and penetrating account of the villagers of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon who risked (and sometimes lost) their lives to save several thousand Jewish fugitives from being deported by the Vichy regime. Broadcaster Edward Stourton’s Cruel Crossing recounts the exploits and extraordinary valour of a desperate collection of disparate people, united only in their desire to escape the Nazis. From Resistance fighters, to stranded RAF pilots, to starving refugees – the only hope of survival for these individuals lay in navigating the Pyrenees’ treacherous Chemin de la Liberté in mid-winter. The authors will discuss these tales of surviving insurmountable odds with Anne Sebba.
Caroline Moorehead is the New York Times bestselling author of A Train in Winter. An acclaimed biographer of Martha Gellhorn and Bertrand Russell, amongst others, Caroline Moorehead lives between London and Italy.
Edward Stourton is a leading BBC broadcaster. He presents Radio 4’s Sunday and his landmark programmes have included Today, Panorama and the One O’clock News. He has also written six books.
Anne Sebba is a biographer, lecturer, journalist and former Reuters’ foreign correspondent. She has written eight books and is working on her latest, Les Parisiennes. She is chairman of the Society of Authors.
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