Aug 09 2011
French Resistance heroine Nancy Wake, who provided the inspiration for Sebastian Faulks' Charlotte Gray has died at 98.
Wake was known as the White Mouse for her uncanny ability to run rings around the Gestapo in occupied France, in spite of a 5 million franc price on her head.
Author Peter FitzSimons said after writing his book Nancy Wake: A Biography of Our Greatest War Heroine, published in 2001: "We both came to the conclusion that she was 10 times the man I would ever be."
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