My latest @NatGeo Book Talk is particularly close to my heart, as it is about the secret, WWII British organisation, Special Operations Executive (SOE), which my dear departed father, Philip, was a proud member of, serving in the Greek Mtns. in 1943, where he was responsible for the lives of 7,000 Italian soldiers, who had surrendered to the British when Italy left the Axis and joined the Allied war effort. I used to see and meet some of his female colleagues from SOE at the Special Forces Club: amazing, ramrod straight women sipping tea in twinsets and pearls, who you just knew had garrotted a German general or blown up a railway line in occupied France. They were the bravest of the bravest. And are much missed.