I am a huge Millar fan, I have mentioned him on book threads here before. I posess every book he ever wrote. It took me many years to acquire them all, as some are incredibly rare. I spent a small fortune to obtain "My Past was an Evil River", his earliest autobiographical work.
While "Isabel and the Sea" and "Orellana Discovers the Amazon" are truly riveting reads by one of the greatest authors of the last century, I have to mention his autobiographical works, as the man lead a truly fascinating life, start to finish. If you haven't read "Horned Pigeon" or "Maquis", rush out and get them now! Of course, these are not books
about sailing. Millar was one of WWII's most accomplished escape artists, no cage could hold him. Only the Baron Cram made more escapes from concentration camps and prisons than Millar. He also held the MC, the Legion of Honor, the Croix de Guerre with palms, etc, etc. This man was a serious first rate hero of the intelligence war, and a legend in the French Resistance. And since he also happened to be a first rate journalist and author before the war, he was well equipped to write about it. If you have any interest in military or world history
, particularly SOE and the Resistance, his work is a must read.
I believe that one should really read first "Horned Pigeon", then "Maquis", before attempting "Isabel and the Sea". It gives a great deal of insight as to why Millar went to France
and the Med after the war, who he really was, and in particular his relationship with Isabel, his second wife. He was a very modest man, and discovering the truth about his life is difficult even though he wrote so much about it. Of course this wasn't all just modesty, as many of SOE's activities continue to be classified today.
As to your request, the best you can do is frequent all the usual Internet
sites for rare military history
books. Millar was a very private man, you won't find much out there. If you search for and begin to collect his newspaper articles, you will gain a lot of info and insight on the period. "Road to Resistance" is a bit of a rehash of "Maquis", but also contains a wonderful synopsis of his childhood, which is fascinating. Good luck, feel free to ask more precise questions, and good reading! And don't forget his close friend, Alan Moorehead, who was also a stellar author who wrote on many subjects.