Lawhon, Ariel. Code Name Helene

Item request has been placed! ×
Item request cannot be made. ×
loading   Processing Request
  • Additional Information
    • Publication Information:
      Library Journals, LLC
    • Publication Date:
    • Abstract:
      * Lawhon, Ariel. Code Name Helene. Doubleday. Mar. 2020.464p. ISBN 9780385544689. $27.95. F In 1936 Paris, freelance journalist Nancy Wake meets two men. One is destined to be [...]
    • ISSN:
    • Rights:
      COPYRIGHT 2020 A wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
      Copyright 2020 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.
    • Accession Number:
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      SANTA, S. Lawhon, Ariel. Code Name Helene. Library Journal, [s. l.], n. 4, p. 94, 2020. Disponível em: Acesso em: 22 set. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Santa S. Lawhon, Ariel. Code Name Helene. Library Journal. 2020;(4):94. Accessed September 22, 2020.
    • APA:
      Santa, S. (2020). Lawhon, Ariel. Code Name Helene. Library Journal, 4, 94.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Santa, Susan. 2020. “Lawhon, Ariel. Code Name Helene.” Library Journal.
    • Harvard:
      Santa, S. (2020) ‘Lawhon, Ariel. Code Name Helene’, Library Journal, p. 94. Available at: (Accessed: 22 September 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Santa, S 2020, ‘Lawhon, Ariel. Code Name Helene’, Library Journal, no. 4, p. 94, viewed 22 September 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Santa, Susan. “Lawhon, Ariel. Code Name Helene.” Library Journal, no. 4, 2020, p. 94. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Santa, Susan. “Lawhon, Ariel. Code Name Helene.” Library Journal, 2020.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Santa S. Lawhon, Ariel. Code Name Helene. Library Journal [Internet]. 2020 [cited 2020 Sep 22];(4):94. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2020 March #2

*Starred Review* Lawhon's magnificent fourth novel dramatizes the valor of a gutsy, real-life woman molded by war, sacrifice, and love. In February 1944, sporting her trademark red lipstick, Nancy Wake parachutes into the French countryside on a Special Operations Executive mission to organize, fund, arm, and train the Maquis, bands of local resistance fighters, in preparation for D-Day. Back in 1936, with increasing dangers posed by Hitler, Nancy is a determined Australian expat journalist embarking on a tantalizing romance with handsome industrialist Henri Fiocca. As these separate time lines move forward, they play off one another masterfully, pivoting at just the right moment to augment tension. Lawhon carries us into the heart of the French resistance, with the beautiful Auvergne region covertly transformed into a gritty battleground, and into the mind of a badass heroine with uncanny instincts who takes on the Nazis and men's arrogant sexism with uncommon bravado. With her infectious laugh and occasionally profane dialogue, Nancy's fighting spirit shines through her propulsive narrative, and her comrades-in-arms are well-rendered secondary characters. Her journey to becoming a fierce, powerful leader is as emotionally stirring as her growing bond with Henri. Even long after the last page is turned, this astonishing story of Wake's accomplishments will hold readers in its grip. WOMEN IN FOCUS Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2020 April

In 1936 Paris, freelance journalist Nancy Wake meets two men. One is destined to be the love of her life; the other, a political refugee, changes the course of her life through his harrowing story. Traveling to Vienna, a city under the spell of Adolf Hitler and his Brownshirts, Nancy witnesses the torture and terror inflicted on Jewish residents and those who resist. In Berlin, she also stumbles upon a rally led by Hitler where she experiences the fanaticism that he inspires. She returns to Paris changed and determined to report what she has seen. As the Germans begin their march toward Europe, Nancy is unable to ignore the desperation of those fleeing or determined to fight. She joins the Resistance and leads dangerous escape routes through France and becomes one of the most powerful leaders in the French Resistance. VERDICT Based on the real-life exploits of "socialite spy" Nancy Wake, Lawhon's (I Was Anastasia) story presents Wake's heroism, alongside the bravery and sacrifice of all who fought, giving hope that even in the darkest times there are real-life heroes. Readers will be transfixed by this story of a woman who should be a household name.—Susan Santa, Shelter Rock P. L., Albertson, NY

Copyright 2020 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2020 February #4

Lawhon, who masterfully combined fact and fiction in I Was Anastasia, does so again with this gripping thriller based on the life of Nancy Wake, an Australian expat who worked as a reporter for Hearst in Paris just before WWII and later as a spy for the British. Lawhon throws readers into the middle of the action, as Nancy, under the alias Hélène, prepares to parachute from an RAF plane into France to help the Resistance in 1944, carrying in her head memorized lists of vital data, including bridges targeted for destruction and safe house addresses. After she lands, the story flashes back eight years, as Nancy struggles for respect and recognition as a journalist; despite her firsthand observations of Nazi brutality in 1930s Vienna, her editor is reluctant to publish a story about what she's seen. Frequent jumps in time draw out the arc of Wake's remarkable life; despite her statement early on that women's weapons of warfare were limited to "silk stockings and red lipstick," by the end she's proven herself skillful at physical combat as well. Lawhon's vivid, fast-paced narrative will keep readers turning the pages, and a detailed afterword makes plain how much of the account is factual. This entertaining tale does justice to Lawhon's larger-than-life subject. (Apr.)

Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.