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Jean Overton Fuller (7 March 1915 - 8 April 2009) was a British author best known for her book Madeleine, the story of Noor-un-nisa Inayat Khan, GC, MBE, CdG, an Indian heroine of World War II.
Total Books: 46
Jean Overton Fuller was born in England on March 7th 1915, the posthumous and only child of an Indian Army officer. Brought up to think for herself by her mother, who was an artist, and a grandfather who was a retired Army doctor she early developed a wide field of interests. Following a short-lived career as a repertory actress she studied phonetics, linguistics and astronomy, and graduated with honours  from the University of London.
Jean Overton Fuller was a personal friend of the Inayat Khan family. During World War II, she was employed by the British Postal Censorship Office in London. At the end of hostilities, she travelled extensively throughout Europe, interviewing various people connected with Noor's tragic, yet inspiring life.
The resultant publication, Madeleine, published by Victor Gollancz Ltd. in 1952, was re-published in 1988 by East-West Publications in Rotterdam. This updated version contains some chapters, which were eliminated from the original manuscript, such as an in-depth exploration of Tipu Sultan, Noor's ancestor.
Following the book's publication, Fuller continued extensive researches into the history of the wartime SOE French networks, interviewing many of the people involved - British and French, as well as Germans - in order to find who was responsible for betraying Noor and her fellow agents. Her results were published in the 1958 "Double Webs" (Putnam & Co).
Until the publication of Shrabani Basu's Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan (Sutton Publishing, 2006), Fuller's book was considered to be the definitive biography of Noor Inayat Khan.
Fuller also wrote several other biographies, notably of Shelley, Swinburne and Sir Francis Bacon, and a book detailing her theory of Jack the Ripper's true identity being Walter Richard Sickert, an English painter.
Jean Overton Fuller's memoirs were published in 2007 by Michael Russell, Wilby, Norwich under the title "Driven To It, An Autobiography".
She died in Kettering on April 8th 2009 at the age of ninety-four.