'I am a very ordinary woman to whom a chance was given to see human beings at their best and at their worst...I completely believe in the potential nobility of the human spirit.' During some of the darkest days of the Second World War, a young French woman living as a mother and housewife in England, desolate at the plight of her native and adopted countries, left her ordinary life to become a British agent, working covertly in France to aid the Resistance. Entering a murky and deadly world of espionage and double-dealing, she was betrayed to the Germans, only to endure torture by the Gestapo and the hell of the infamous concentration camp of Ravensbruck. Yet she retained a compassion, grace and spiritedness that mystified her captors; and, living to see the liberation of Europe, she kept, in the direst circumstances, her fundamental trust in goodness. "Odette" tells the moving and inspirational story of a woman, who, in her courage and her ability to hold on to hope, was far from ordinary.
Jerrard Tickell (1905-1966) was born in Dublin and educated in Tipperary and London. Travelling extensively before the Second World War began, he joined the Army in 1940 and was appointed to the War Office in 1941. Between 1943 and 1945 his official duties took him to Africa, the Middle East, Washington DC, Canada, the West Indies, and Europe. He was appointed to the General Staff in 1945. His career as a writer began in 1936, with SEE HOW THEY RUN, and continued with a series of bestselling novels and biographies, ODETTE (1949) and APPOINTMENT WITH VENUS (1951) being among the best known. Tickell married and had three sons.