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    DescriptionBletchley 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 thre 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. Sinclair McKay writes for the Daily Telegrap;h and Daily Mail and has written books about James Bond and Hammer horror for Aurum. He lives in London.


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    Title
    The Secret Life of Bletchley Park
    Subtitle
    The History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre by the Men and Women Who Were There
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sinclair Mckay
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 667 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781845135393
    ISBN 10: 1845135393
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1, HBLW
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: JWKF
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    DC22: 940.548641
    BISAC V2.8: HIS014000, HIS027100
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000, HIS027060
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: HBCW2
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, NHD, NHWL, JWKF
    Publisher
    Aurum Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    Aurum Press Ltd
    Publication date
    01 June 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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.