books of the month twitter win prizes
Search our site
The Stolen Bicycle by Ming-Yi Wu Read the opening extract of the brand new Ming-Yi Wu book before its publication on 26/10/2017

My Secret Life in Hut Six One Woman's Experiences at Bletchley Park by Mair Russell-Jones, Gethin Russell-Jones
  

My Secret Life in Hut Six One Woman's Experiences at Bletchley Park

Biography / Autobiography   History   eBook Favourites   eBook Favourites   

RRP £9.99

Sue Baker's view...

Many of the women working from Bletchley were drawn from the middle and upper classes, so how did Mair Thomas from the Welsh Valleys find herself working at the same job trying to crack the German codes? A degree in German and music proved to be the reason and she describes how she learned to fit in and become part of the vast effort to turn the tide of World War Two.

Like for Like Reading:

The Girl from Station X: My Mother's Unknown Life, Elisa Segrave

The Secret Listeners: The Men and Women Posted Across the World to Intercept the Codes for Bletchley Park, Sinclair McKay

Who is Sue Baker

Win a SIGNED FIRST EDITION of How to be Champion!

Get into the Spirit of Christmas with our special SIGNED FIRST EDITIONS competition! We are giving away THREE first edition hardback copies of Sarah Millican's fabulously funny autobiography How to be Champion, each signed by the author!

To have a chance of winning one of these fantastic prizes, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once.

The draw closes on 4 December 2017. The winners will be notified by 11th December 2017.

Good luck!

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 04/12/2017

Synopsis

My Secret Life in Hut Six One Woman's Experiences at Bletchley Park by Mair Russell-Jones, Gethin Russell-Jones

The story of the World War 2 de-coders of Bletchley Park continues to fascinate. How did Mair Thomas, a musician brought up in the Welsh valleys, find herself in the rarefied atmosphere of Hut Six, surrounded by hundreds of others, all desperately trying to break the German Enigma Code? Sworn to secrecy and working in cramped and uncomfortable conditions, Mair discovered her degree in German and Music was just what was needed. Drawn from the public schools and Oxbridge her background was very different to that of most of her colleagues and she didn't immediately fit in. This captivating memoir unpacks her daily life and explores the relationships she built. My Secret Life in Hut Six provides a fascinating insight into one woman's battle against Nazi Germany vividly capturing an era of danger, strain and day to day difficulties that were brightened occasionally by visits from the top brass, such as Winston Churchill.

Reviews

'This is a wonderful book, telling the story of a woman working at Bletchley Park. It has unique anecdotes that more truly describe the life at Bletchley Park than someone would be prepared to do if they were talking publicly. It is charming and brutally honest.' -- Michael Smith, author of Station X

'I am fascinated by the way Bletchley Park's commitment to absolute secrecy exercised such a powerful and enduring hold over those who worked there - what a good thing that Mair Russell-Jones was persuaded to relax it a little, giving us this engaging account of life at the heart of one of Britain's most important World War Two operations. I greatly enjoyed this book.' -- Edward Stourton, broadcaster and author

'Plucked from her home in the Welsh valleys, Mair Russell-Jones quiet and heroic devotion to duty in World War 2 almost cost her her life and reputation among unsympathetic family and friends. It can't be easy telling your own parents' remarkable story but Gethin succeeds without a trace of sentimentality. Humbling and inspiring' -- Steve Goddard Co-editor Ship of Fools

'This is the story of an ordinary woman from the Welsh valleys made extraordinary by the exigencies of war. Mair Thomas would probably have been a Christian missionary had it not been for World War II. She was recruited for the intelligence team at Bletchley Park that cracked the Enigma code and made the Allied victory possible. Only after half a century did she tell the story of her secret life in Hut Six. Her story is told with the aid of her son, Gethin Russell Jones. Other books have given dramatic, sometimes romanticised, accounts of the intelligence war. My Secret Life is remarkable for its unvarnished account of life at 'BP' - monotonous, wearying, unglamorous - costly. Mair paid that cost till the end of her days. An absorbing read which gets closer to the humdrum reality of war.' -- Derek Wilson, Author

About the Author

Gethin Russell Jones combines being a Baptist Pastor with a prolific writing career, and is a columnist for the Plain Truth and IDEA magazine. He has written several books.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

18th July 2014

Author

Mair Russell-Jones, Gethin Russell-Jones

More books by Mair Russell-Jones, Gethin Russell-Jones
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations
Loading twitter updates...

Publisher

Lion Books an imprint of Lion Hudson Plc

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
History
eBook Favourites
eBook Favourites

Autobiography: historical, political & military
Second World War

20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

ISBN

9780745956640

I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick

Lovereading recommends, honestly reviews and promotes books-what more can I say?!

Rachel Bridgeman

Lovereading does a stella job in promoting both new and established authors.

Iris Clements

Their sending me my first book to review 18 months ago re-awakened my fondness for reading, since then I have purchased some real gems.

Barry Griffiths

Hooked on books? Give Lovereading a go - for the chance to discover brilliant books, and to see why our members love it so.

Claire Hill

Love Reading - it not only does what it says on the tin, it does it with Jam on!!

Maz Tucker

Lovereading tells me about new books before they hit the shelves, lets me find other authors I may like and has great prize draws!

Sheila Dale

The best new books on the market, reviewed honestly, to give your readers the best choices.

Julie Cook

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools