My Secret Life in Hut Six

My Secret Life in Hut Six : One woman's experiences at Bletchley Park

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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.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Lion Hudson Plc
  • Lion Books
  • United Kingdom
  • 1st Digital original
  • 8pp b/w plate section
  • 9780745956657

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"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 A gripping story of a strong-minded and courageous Welsh woman's wartime experiences at Bletchley Park, set in the context of her childhood in a Welsh village and education at Mt Hermon Missionary College in London and Cardiff University, her spiritual journey, and the blossoming of her relationship with a pacifist. Not only does Mair describe what she actually did at Bletchley Park, but her narrative is enlivened with a wealth of fascinating detail about working conditions, social life, ethos, and how being sworn to secrecy impacted upon her and her relationships for many years to come. Once you pick this book up, you won't want to put it down! -- Allan Chapman, author "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 Xshow more

About Mair Russell-Jones

Gethin Russell-Jones combines a prolific writing career with being a Baptist Pastor.show more

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