Maureen Emerson, from an Irish-Austrian background, grew up in London - for which she is eternally grateful. She brought up her family in North Africa, Lebanon, Dallas and Singapore, before settling in Provence for twenty-two years. There she worked as a local co-ordinator for CBS and NBC at media festivals in Cannes. During her years in Provence Maureen became enthralled with the stories of those expatriates who lived on the Riviera in the 1920s and 1930s and how the Second World War affected their lives. While still harbouring a strong affection for Provence, Maureen has now settled in Sussex with her husband.

Her first book, ‘Escape to Provence’, is published by Chapter & Verse Books and is also available on Amazon as a  Kindle e-book. The true story of Winifred (Peggy) Fortescue and her American friend, Elisabeth Starr, it was first published in 2008 and re-printed in 2009.

She has also published Courage’, the story of two young Americans from Philadelphia, brother and sister, who went to France before the United States entered the Great War in 1917. They went for different reasons, one to fight with the British Army on the Somme and the other to engage in dangerous aid work on the Western Front. The outcome for each was very different. ‘Courage’ is only available as a Kindle e-book.

Other projects include research on Hélène Vagliano who was active in the French resistance. The full and very moving story of this incredibly brave young woman who was tortured and murdered by the Gestapo has been completed and the article accepted by the Imperial War Museum. Sir John Fortescue, Royal Librarian and Author of the History of the British Army and Be Ill in Your Own Language, the Story of the Anglo-American Hospital of Cannes.

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