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To War with Whitaker

Wartime Diaries of the Countess of Ranfurly, 1939-45

4.14 based on 114 ratings & 25 reviews on

22 May 14


When World War II broke out, Dan Ranfurly was dispatched to the Middle East with his faithful valet, Whitaker. These are the diaries of his young wife, Hermione, who, defying the War Office, raced off in hot pursuit of her husband. When Dan was taken prisoner, Hermione vowed never to return home until they were reunited. For six years, travelling alone from Cape Town to Palestine, and meeting such charismatic characters as Churchill, Eisenhower, and a parrot called Coco on the way, she kept her promise.

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Few diaries from any era could be as fascinating . . . This is truly compulsive reading
Woman and Home
These absolutely spiffing diaries offer a madcap, aristocratic window behind the lines of war
Daily Mail
An extraordinary story. No review can do justice to the writing
Sunday Express