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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 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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    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: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781845136338
    ISBN 10: 1845136330
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    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
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GERMNY
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKESD
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    DC22: 940.548641
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25570
    LC classification: HN
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    Abridged Dewey: 306
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027080
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJH
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000, HIS027060
    DC22: 940.548642591
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBKESD, HBCW2
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, NHD, NHWL
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MP, 3MPBL
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DDU-GB-ESD
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Aurum Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    Aurum Press Ltd
    Publication date
    25 August 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Sinclair McKay is the bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bletchley Park and The Secret Listeners for Aurum, as well as histories of Hammer films, the James Bond films, and the pastime of rambling. He lives in London.
    Review quote
    '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 '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