By Sinclair McKay
Sworn to secrecy, those who served at Bletchley Park during WWII never divulged their remarkable wartime service for decades. But what did they go on to achieve after the war? This hardback book 100 People You Never Knew Were at Bletchley Park seeks to shed light on this remarkable group of men and women.
Who did become household names? Whose Bletchley Park years remain unknown? Now well know author Sinclair McKay tells the stories of a hundred such people, and the often equally extraordinary lives they went on to. Here are dozens of unsung heroes, who certainly made their mark after the war as well as during its finest hour. Many names are familiar to those who have an interest in Bletchley Park such as Alan Turing, Tommy Flowers and Prof. Bill Tutte. There are however names that will surprise you such as former Home Secretary Roy Jenkins, or novelist Angus Wilson; or Jane Fawcett, a trained ballerina who went on to co-found the Victorian Society and save St Pancras Station; or James Bernard, a protégé of Benjamin Britten who wrote all the music for the Dracula films. Other names may be distantly familiar like Joan Clarke, Alan Turing's girlfriend, who became a senior codebreaker herself at GCHQ. This book is a true insight into the people who served at Bletchley Park, be they the privileged and the misfits, working classes and aristocracy, reclusive and extrovert.
Most codebreakers' families were unaware of their time at Bletchley so 100 People You Never Knew Were at Bletchley Park does a great service in revealing the life stories of 100 of them. If you want to know more about those who served this book highlights so much.
Size: 129 x 198mm, 256 pages
Hardback ISBN: 9781838405120