Jean Overton Fuller

The above is a self portrait by Miss Jean Overton Fuller
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This webspace dedicated to Miss Jean Overton Fuller (7 March 1915 - 8 April 2009),
the crusading British author who brought the story of
Noor-un-nisa Inayat Khan to public attention,
with her best selling book:
"Madeleine" published a few years
after the end of World War II.

The first web page that we published in honour of Jean Overton Fuller was in
October 1999. Click HERE to visit that page (without the images)

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Jean Overton Fuller (7 March 1915 - 8 April 2009)
and Princess Noor (2 January 1914 - 13 September 1944)

Miss Fuller investigated the mysterious fate
of her friend Princess Noor, an SOE agent,
sent to France in the summer of 1943.
She subsequently wrote and published this detailed account
of Noor's involvement with Special Operations Executive (SOE),
which had hitherto been kept secret, in accordance with British policy
concerning wartime clandestine operations.
Although the book "Madeleine" has been long 'out of print',
Miss Fuller has re-published it a revised paperback edition, entitled:
"Noor-un-nisa Inayat Khan, George Cross,
Croix de Guerre (with gold star)

Read a Brief Excerpt from a chapter entitled:
"Tipu Sultan - Noor's Antecedents"

ORDER FROM: Fuller D'Arch Smith Rare Books
37B New Cavendish Street,
London W1M 8JR, United Kingdom.
Telephone & Fax: 0171-722-0083
-or- ONLINE from{UK}

Selected Publications by the Same Author


Blavatsky and Her Teachers
The Starr Affair
Double Webs
Horoscope for a Double Agent
The Magical Dilemma of Victor Neuberg
Shelley, A Biography
Swinburne, a Biography
The German Penetration of SOE
Sir Francis Bacon, 1st Baron of Verulanum
The Comte de Saint-Germain,
Last Scion of the House of Rakoczy
Dericourt, the Chequered Spy
Noor-un-nisa Inayat Khan, GC, MBE, CdG
Krishnamurti and the Wind
Driven to do it - an autobiography


Venus Protected
Carthage and the Midnight Sun
African Violets
The Sun's Cart
The Silver Planet
Darun and Pitar
Conversations With a Captor
The Norn
Prophecy from Helen
The Great Adventure of the Much Travelled
Little Oak Tree
The Mystical Tale of Two Hens
The New Arrival


Shiva's Dance
(from the French of Hélène Bouvard)
That the Gods May Remember
(from the French of Hélène Bouvard)
The Prophet
(from the Russian of Alexander Pushkin)

The photo above is a likeness of Elena Petrovna Blavatskaya,
the Founder of the Theosophical Movement
Miss Fuller wrote a very informative biography entitled:
"Blavatsky and her Teachers"
This book is still available @Fuller D'Arch Smith Rare Books
37B New Cavendish Street, London W1M 8JR, United Kingdom.
Telephone & Fax: 0171-722-0083
Note: Jean Overton Fuller's much awaited memoirs
will be published in 2006 by Michael Russell.

Click HERE to read some quotes from Sri Jiddu Krishnamurti

The following is a brief Biography of Princess Noor:

The birth of Noor Inayat Khan took place on January 2nd, 1914 in the Kremlin; a strange place indeed, for an Indian Princess and direct descendant of Tipu Sultan, the last Muslim sovereign of South India. Apparently, the Tsar Nicholas II, his country troubled by internal unrest and impending war, was seeking spiritual solutions to the problems facing his regime. Consequently, the influential Gregory Rasputin, invited the father of Noor, who was a Mohammedan Mystic, to visit Holy Mother Russia, in order to share with the Emperor's family and court, his Sufistic doctrines of peace and love.

After a time, however, prompted by a concern for the safety of their family, Pir Inayat Khan and his American wife, the Begum Sharada Ameena (formerly Ora-Ray Baker of Albuquerque, N.M., a distant cousin of Mary Baker Eddy, the originator of Christian Science) decided to depart Moscow during the events leading up to the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.

Following many adventures, they arrived in Paris, where Noor enrolled in the Ecole Normale de Musique, eventually gaining employment as a writer of children's stories for Paris Radio. The arrival of World War II, however, again caused this peaceful family to flee their adoptive country.

Settling in London, Noor, wanting to do her part in the overthrow of Totalitarianism, became an Assistant Section Officer in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, seconded to the Women's Transport Service. Her familiarity with France and fluency in the language were qualities very much in demand by the British War Office at the time. The continent had been occupied by Axis forces and the future held in store several more precarious years for the beleaguered occupants of Hitler's 'Fortress Europe'.

After undergoing extensive training in the Special Operations Executive, Inayat Khan was the first woman operator to be infiltrated into enemy occupied France,on 16 June 1943. During the weeks immediately following her arrival, the Gestapo made mass arrests in the Paris Resistance Groups to which she had been detailed, but although given the opportunity to return to England, she refused to abandon what had become the principal and most dangerous clandestine position in France.

She was a wireless operator and did not wish to leave her French comrades without communications and she hoped also to rebuild her group. The Gestapo did their utmost to catch her and so break the last remaining link with London. After three and a half months she was betrayed, taken to Gestapo Headquarters in the Avenue Foch and asked to co-operate. She refused to give them information of any kind and was imprisoned in the Gestapo HQ, remaining there for several weeks, and making two unsuccessful attempts to escape during that time.

She was asked to sign a declaration that she would make no further attempts but refused, so was sent to Germany for 'safe custody' (the first agent sent to Germany). She was imprisoned at Karlsruhe in November 1943 and later at Pforsheim, where her cell was apart from the main prison as she was considered a particularly dangerous and unco-operative prisoner. She still refused to give any information either as to her work or her comrades. On 12 September 1944 she was taken to Dachau Concentration Camp and shot on the following day.

Noor Inayat Khan's George Cross was published in the London Gazette on 5 April 1949. She is also honoured on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey, for those RAF personnel with no known grave.

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Click HERE to listen to Jean Overton Fuller talking in May 2007
with Martin Langfield about Noor Inayat Khan’s last night
in London before flying into wartime France

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