Ladies of the French Resistance

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Through the steamed-up windows of a black cab, beaded with heavy raindrops, a white-haired old lady peers out on to London.

Impatiently, she wipes the glass with her sleeve and shakes her head, perplexed.

"I don't recognise anything," she mutters and sits back on her seat, indignant at having been deceived by the slipperiness of memory.

Tereska Torres is a French writer who worked with General de Gaulle's Free French forces in London during World War II.

I have joined her on a nostalgic visit to the settings of her 1951 novel, Women's Barracks, which broke taboos by telling of unmarried mothers and lesbian affairs.

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