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Title:
Train to Nowhere: One Woman's War, Ambulance Driver, Reporter, Liberator (MP3)
Written by:
Anita Leslie 
Read by:
Deryn Edwards 
Format:
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
9 hours 36 minutes 
MP3 size:
407 MB 
Published:
May 28 2018 
Available Date:
May 28 2018 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781489445100 
Genres:
Non-fiction; Biography; British; Historical 
Publisher:
Bolinda/Audible audio 
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A sharply observed account of one woman's unique war. Surreal, funny, dark and profoundly moving.

Train to Nowhere is a war memoir seen through the sardonic eyes of Anita Leslie, a funny and vivacious young woman who reports on her experiences with a dry humour, finding the absurd alongside the tragic. Daughter of a Baronet and first cousin once removed of Winston Churchill, she joined the Mechanised Transport Corps as a fully trained mechanic and ambulance driver during WWII, serving in Libya, Syria, Palestine, Italy, France and Germany. Ahead of her time, Anita bemoans 'first-rate women subordinate to second-rate men,' and, as the British Army forbade women from serving at the front, joined the Free French Forces in order to do what she felt was her duty. Writing letters in Hitler's recently vacated office and marching in the Victory parade contrast with observations of seeing friends murdered and a mother avenging her son by coldly shooting a prisoner of war. Unflinching and unsentimental, Train to Nowhere is a memoir of Anita's war, one that, long after it was written, remains poignant and relevant.

' ... the most gripping piece of war reportage I have ever read ... Her observations, mixed with dry humour and compassion, place her at the heart of the conflict and somehow apart from it, as a good historian should be. Remarkable.'
Joanna Lumley

'Train to Nowhere speaks of another mood, a different time and a grittier generation ...This, surely, is the second world war we want to rediscover.'
The Observer

'Gripping ... concise, brisk, funny, vivid and honest.'
The Daily Mail