After many years of living in the Pyrenees, Rosemary Bailey came to realise how little she knew – and people did not want her to know – about the impact of the Second World War on her community. She resolved to investigate the realities of the French experience of Occupation, the truth about Resistance and collaboration, the vital importance of the refugee routes across the mountains, and the heroic men and women who risked everything to help others escape.

“A beguiling mixture of travel, memoir, history and good old-fashioned storytelling – a slice of hidden France” -KATE MOSSE

(Weidenfeld & Nicolson. Phoenix paperback edition published July 2009.)

Rosemary Bailey is an award-winning travel writer and journalist, born in Halifax, Yorkshire. She has been based in the French Pyrenees for many years, and has written a trilogy of books about a region she has grown to love and know intimately. Soon to be republished is the acclaimed Scarlet Ribbons: A Priest with AIDS, the story of her brother, Simon Bailey, and the remarkable support he received from his Yorkshire mining village parish.