A Train in Winter, by Caroline Moorehead

TLS, November 7th, 2011

Caroline Moorehead is in many ways an ideal biographer: an assiduous gatherer of facts, whose books provide a deep and empathetic immersion into whatever world she has made her subject. Her subjects range widely, from Bertrand Russell to Freya Stark, Martha Gellhorn and Lucie de la Tour du Pin, lady-in-waiting to Marie Antoinette and eyewitness to the French Revolution.

A Train in Winter is unusual in that it takes as its subject the lives of a group of French women resistants who were deported to three of the most notorious Nazi concentration camps; it is simultaneously a multiple biography and a detailed anatomy of the nature of friendship.

Read the full review in the TLS.

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