There is something faintly preposterous about the fact that Hollywood has not yet made a Pippa Latour biopic. The last surviving British woman to have served as a spy during World War II, Latour recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Although notoriously reticent to speak of her wartime adventures, if you piece together the available information, what emerges is a story of incredible bravery.
Born Phyllis Latour a century ago, her upbringing was threaded through with near-constant trauma. She was born aboard a Belgian ship that was docked at a South African port. Three months later, her father was killed during tribal wars in the Congo. Her mother re-married a racing driver, then died in a crash. She went to live with her father’s cousin, only for her new mother figure to die after being flung from a horse and bitten by a snake.