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Reviews

Well written, engaging and enlightening.
Roger Moorhouse, The Times.
A riveting study of individuals who saw and did things no woman or man should ever have to . . . Vinogradova is clearly enthralled, if not enraptured, by her subjects.
Jonathan O'Brien, Sunday Business Post.
Revelatory and gripping. Deftly weaving together the personal - untold - stories of those Russian women who fought as frontline snipers, the author provides a chilling but moving insight into the realities of a brutal struggle.
Jonathan Dimbleby
Lyuba Vinogradova has written an impressive book, and drawing on letters, diaries and interviews with doughty survivors, she has woven a powerful and moving account of a people at war and of women rising up to take arms, free their country - and, paradoxically, assert their common humanity
Eamon Delaney, Irish Independent
A detailed and vividly immediate account.
Lucy Hughes-Hallett, New Statesman
Describes in detail how hardened Soviet female soldiers became ruthless crack shots behind enemy lines on the bitter Eastern Front.
Irish Independent Books of the Year
Lyuba Vinogradova is a historian with a writer's dramatic eye. By personally interviewing many of the Russian women who as teenagers during WW2 took up arms to defend the motherland, her story becomes undeniably poignant and powerful
Martin Cruz Smith