Women at War: Simon Parkin & Caroline Moorehead in Conversation – Tuesday 10th December, 7pm
£5.00 – £10.00
We are delighted to bring together the authors of A Game of Birds and Wolves and A House in the Mountains to discuss two little-known stories of women in the Second World War.
A Game of Birds and Wolves is the astonishing untold tale of an innovative game of battleships, Operation Raspberry, a tactic formulated via the game, and the unlikely heroines whose eureka moment cracked the battle of the Atlantic which, in the words of one of the most senior Admirals of the war, “contributed in no small measure to the final defeat of Germany.”
For the first time, investigative journalist Simon Parkin brings these hidden figures into the light in this thrilling tale of war at sea, and of victory against all odds.
A House in the Mountains is the extraordinary story of four courageous women who helped form the Italian Resistance during the Second World War. In the late summer of 1943, when Italy changed sides in the War and the Germans – now their enemies – occupied the north of the country, an Italian Resistance was born. Ada, Frida, Silvia and Bianca were four young Piedmontese women who joined the Resistance, living clandestinely in the mountains surrounding Turin.
The women’s contribution was invaluable – they fought, carried messages and weapons, provided safe houses, laid mines and took prisoners. Ada’s house deep in the mountains became a meeting place and refuge for many of them. The death rattle of Mussolini’s two decades of Fascist rule – with its corruption, greed and anti-Semitism was unrelentingly violent, but for the partisan women it was also a time of camaraderie and equality, pride and optimism.
They had proved, to themselves and to the world, what resolve, tenacity and, above all, exceptional courage could achieve.
Simon Parkin is an award-winning writer and journalist for magazines, newspapers and websites. He is contributing writer for the New Yorker, a regular contributor to the Guardian’s Long Read, and critic for the Observer. Simon writes regularly about video game culture and brings his unique background to this gripping story of military history and strategy.
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 most recent book, A Bold and Dangerous Family, was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award.