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The Secret Life of Bletchley Park The History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre by the Men and Women Who Were There by Sinclair McKay
  

The Secret Life of Bletchley Park The History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre by the Men and Women Who Were There

Biography / Autobiography   History   The Real World   

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Sinclair McKay's book is the first history for the general reader of life at Bletchley Park, and an amazing compendium of memories from people now in their eighties - of skating on the frozen lake in the grounds (a depressed Angus Wilson, the novelist, once threw himself in) - of a youthful Roy Jenkins, useless at codebreaking, of the high jinks at nearby accommodation hostels - and of the implacable secrecy that meant girlfriend and boyfriend working in adjacent huts knew nothing about each other's work.

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The Secret Life of Bletchley Park The History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre by the Men and Women Who Were There by Sinclair McKay

Bletchley Park was where one of the war's most famous - and crucial - achievements was made: the cracking of Germany's Enigma code in which its most important military communications were couched. This country house in the Buckinghamshire countryside was home to Britain's most brilliant mathematical brains, like Alan Turing, and the scene of immense advances in technology - indeed, the birth of modern computing. The military codes deciphered there were instrumental in turning both the Battle of the Atlantic and the war in North Africa. But, though plenty has been written about the boffins, and the codebreaking, fictional and non-fiction - from Robert Harris and Ian McEwan to Andrew Hodges' biography of Turing - what of the thousands of men and women who lived and worked there during the war? What was life like for them - an odd, secret territory between the civilian and the military?

Reviews

'McKay's book is an eloquent tribute to a quite remarkable group of men and women, whose like we will not see again.'
Four stars Mail On Sunday

'I found this a truly breathtaking, eye-opening book.
A. N. Wilson Reader's Digest

'Mckay has succeeded in honouring a genuinely remarkable group of people in a solid, often entertaining and above all warm-hearted way.'
Daily Mail

'It is their stories, and the humbling thought of what their dedication to duty achieved, that make this book worth reading.'
Four stars Daily Telegraph

'A remarkably faithful account of what we did, why it mattered, and how it all felt at the time.'
The Guardian

'It is all so indelibly - and movingly - British.'
Five stars Seven (Sunday Telegraph)

'Intriguing oral history...with an anecdotal style McKay offers new insights into what life was like at the famous station'
Who Do You Think You Are magazine

'A telling and fascinating account of an extraordinary war'
Good Book Guide

'Amazing compendium of first-hand memories'
Sunday Express

'a telling and fascinating account of an extraordinary war'
Good Book Guide

'This book is an amazing compendium of memories, a colourful portrait of a quite unique chapter is Britain's war history.'
Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Sinclair McKay

Sinclair McKay writes regularly for the Daily Telegraph and The Secret Listeners and has written books about James Bond and Hammer horror for Aurum. His next book, about the wartime Y Service during World War II, is due to be published by Aurum in 2012. He lives in London.

Author photo © Liam Bergin

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Publication date

1st August 2011

Author

Sinclair McKay

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Publisher

Aurum Press

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
History
The Real World

Second World War
Military intelligence

20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

ISBN

9781845136338

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