Caroline Moorehead and Edward Stourton: French Resistance

Caroline Moorehead, Edward Stourton

25/02/2015 7:00 pm
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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.

Anne Sebba


Anne Sebba: award winning biographer, historian and author of eleven books. Her latest book is Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy published in the UK and US in 2021. In 2016 Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940’s was the winner of the 2016 Franco-British Society book prize. Previously Anne wrote That Woman, a biography of Wallis Simpson and the scandal of the 1936 abdication crisis based on her discovery of a secret cache of letters. A former Reuters Foreign Correspondent, Anne is a broadcaster and regularly appears on television talking about her books. She is a former chair of Britain's 10,000 strong Society of Authors and lecturer who gives talks to a variety of audiences in the US and UK as well as on cruises and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research.

Caroline Moorehead


Caroline Moorehead is the biographer of Bertrand Russell, Freya Stark, Iris Origo and Martha Gellhorn. Her book on the French Resistance, Village of Secrets, was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2014. Her 2017 book A Bold and Dangerous Family was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award, and her most recent book A House in the Mountains: the Women Who Liberated Italy from Fascism was published in November. She lives in London.

Edward Stourton

Edward Stourton is a leading BBC broadcaster. He presents Radio 4’s Sunday and his landmark programmes have included TodayPanorama and the One O’clock News. He has also written six books.

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