ISBN 9788174366146,Spy Princess The Life Of Noor Inayat Khan

Spy Princess The Life Of Noor Inayat Khan


Sharbani Basu


Lotues Roli



Lotues Roli

Publication Year 2006

ISBN 9788174366146

ISBN-10 8174366148


Number of Pages 234 Pages
Language (English)


On 13 September 1944, Noor Inayat Khan, the first female wireless operator to be flown into occupied France, was shot at Dachau. The descendant of Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore, Noor was born in Moscow and raised in the peaceful Sufi style of Islam. From this unlikely background she became the only Asian secret agent in Europe in the Second World War; was one of three women in the SOE to be awarded the George Cross; and was awarded the Croix de Guerre. Shrabani Basus new book tells the full story of this extraordinarily heroic woman. Noor was brought up in France and Britain and joined the Red Cross when the Second World War broke out. But, though Sufi tradition preached non-violence, she felt that she had to do more to oppose the horrors of fascism. In Britain, Noor trained as a wireless operator before being recruited by the SOE. Such was the urgent demand for radio operators that she was sent to France before her training was completed. Working under the code name of Madeleine, she joined a group that sabotaged communication lines. But disaster struck quickly and within days her circuit collapsed and her colleagues were arrested. Though instructed by her controller, the famous Maurice Buckmaster, to return home, she refused to abandon her post as she was the last radio operator left in Paris. For a time she successfully dodged the Gestapo but by late 1943 her luck had run out. She was betrayed, arrested, and imprisoned at Avenue Foch. Undaunted, she made two dramatic escape attempts, but was recaptured and sent to Germany. Here she was interrogated and tortured and finally sent to Dachau where she was shot. The Germans had learnt nothing about hernot even her real name. About the Author Shrabani Basu is the correspondent for the Calcutta-based Ananda Bazar Patrika Group and writes for The Telegraph and other publications. She is the author of Curry: The Story of the Nations Favourite Dish and lives in London with her family.