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The War We Won Apart by Nahlah Ayed
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May 28, 2024 | ISBN 9780735251045 | 683 Minutes

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“Writing so vivid you feel you are in the woods with the Resistance experiencing the seduction and horror of war. Brilliantly researched. Who knew elite women agents were parachuted behind enemy lines?”
—Rosemary Sullivan, bestselling author of The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation and Where the World Was: A Memoir

“A touching account of a remarkable young Canadian couple parachuted into occupied France to help the partisans: this is both a love story and a stirring tale about courage and selflessness all the more remarkable for having been kept so long a secret.”
—Caroline Moorehead, bestselling author of A Train in Winter

“Behind enemy lines, Allied resistance fighters and secret agents chanced all to strike at the Nazi occupiers of France. Ayed recounts their stories with sympathy and skill, following the lives and legacy of those who sacrificed, loved, and lost during these fraught battles to liberate the oppressed.”
—Tim Cook, bestselling author of The Fight for History: 75 Years of Forgetting, Remembering, and Remaking Canada’s Second World War

“This is a tale full of intrigue and suspense, but at its heart it’s a love story, the kind that can only be forged within the intense heat of war. It’s rendered even more poignant because the whole story is true, meticulously researched and crafted by one of Canada’s finest journalists.”
—Carol Off, award-winning journalist and author of All We Leave Behind

“This compelling account of two secret agents parachuted into France on the eve of D-Day is a veritable page turner. Young, energetic, and just married, Sonia and Guy d’Artois were forced to fight apart, and each performed courageously in the field. But their separation came at a price, and Nahlah Ayed brilliantly—and with great sensitivity—captures the demands this placed on their relationship, both then and for the rest of their lives. Thoroughly researched and well-informed, this is a human story that lingers long in the mind.”
—David Stafford, author of Ten Days to D-Day and Secret Agent: The True Story of the Special Operations Executive

“[Ayed] skillfully transports the reader to World War Two as experienced by the brave SOE agents who landed behind enemy lines. . . . Readers looking for a page-turning World War Two tale will not be disappointed.”
The Spectator World

“[The War We Won Apart] offers a respectful, honest account of two flawed but exceptional people. . . . [T]his book serves as a meticulously researched, riveting tribute. . . . Nahlah Ayed, with the empathy and insight of a veteran war correspondent, has grippingly captured the events leading up to that relatively, miraculously happy ending.”
—Policy Magazine

“It is time that this fascinating piece of Canadian history was put to paper, honouring two highly resourceful Allied saboteurs working alongside the French Resistance. War correspondent and celebrated journalist Nahlah Ayed has found a masterful way to tell their story, and she is the right person to tell it.”
—Toronto Star

“Author Nahlah Ayed excels in her intermarriage of action and human emotion. . . . The War We Won Apart is an impressive work by an equally extraordinary Canadian writer, journalist and CBC personality who frames this story in a moving canvas of facts. Ayed’s research is exhaustive.”
Winnipeg Free Press

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