Stephen Grady OBE
Agent: Mark Lucas
Stephen Grady OBE was born in Northern France in 1925, the son of an English father who was a head gardener in the Imperial War Graves Commission. In 1941 he joined the French Resistance, carrying out missions for which he was awarded the French Croix de Guerre with Silver Star, the American Medal of Freedom, and a British mention in Dispatches. After the liberation of France, he joined the British Army and served as a Lieutenant with the Intelligence Corps, before returning to a long career in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, for which he eventually became director of the France area.
His book, Gardens of Stone, is an extraordinary French Resistance wartime memoir, combining a thrilling adventure story with a coming of age testimony of unforgettable resonance and poignancy.