The Secret Life of Bletchley Park

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

History , British History, 20th Century Britain
Paperback Published on: 01/08/2011
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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?

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.

  • Publisher: Quarto Publishing PLC
  • ISBN: 9781845136338
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 260g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 129 mm

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The Secret Life of Bletchley Park
A must read for Bletchley fans
Having read a few books about Bletchley Park now this is the one that is the most intimate and personal. It does cover the science and technological side ... READ MORE
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The Secret Life of Bletchley Park
Very interesting read, however may fail to do justice to what is undoubtedly a fascinating story. I wanted more of the technical details and it errs a litt... READ MORE
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The Secret Life of Bletchley Park
Very Disappointing
Anyone who is looking for a better insight into Enigma, Colossus, bombes, etc and the workings of Bletchley Park will be very disappointed with this offeri... READ MORE
The Secret Life of Bletchley Park
An interesting insight into the lives of those who lived and worked at Bletchley Park during the war. For those looking for more info on Colossus and the E... READ MORE