Title: The Bletchley Park Enigma: 200+ Facts on the Story of Alan Turing that Inspired the Smash Hit Movie The Imitation Game Starring Benedict Cumberbatch

Author: Alan Johnson and Amanda Strickland

Pages: 60 Pages

Publisher: Amazon Media

The Blurb

Are you a movie fan looking forward to seeing The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch?

Or a World War II buff with a particular interest in code breaking?

Alan Turing, the man who Winston Churchill described as the single biggest contributor to the Allied victory over the Nazis, was a genius of our lifetime and father of the modern day computer.

That we can now sit and read books on a computer screen is largely thanks to his early work developing the world’s first computer.

His code-breaking efforts during the Second World War are thought to have brought forward the end of the war by two years, a remarkable achievement.

Recently, recognition of Turing’s work has exploded.

Bletchley Park where Turing worked during WWII has been restored. It now acts as a major tourist destination and place of historical interest.

Turing’s story has also now been dramatized in a major new movie starring actor-of-the-moment, Benedict Cumberbatch.

The Imitation Game has received rave early reviews and is currently on short lists for Oscar success.

Cumberbatch, best-known to us as the inimitable detective in the British TV series, Sherlock, brings this intriguing and heroic man to life with his own unique acting style. In doing so, he tells his story to a generation who need to know just what he achieved and how much he changed the world.

But what was this strange, socially awkward man, painfully inept at the common niceties of life, really about?

The Bletchley Park Enigma: 200+ Facts on the Story of Alan Turing That Inspired the Smash Hit Movie The Imitation Game Starring Benedict Cumberbatch details the real life story of Alan Turing, his ground-breaking work, his complexities, the ultimate tragedy of his life and his posthumous success.

You will learn about:

  • His earlywork
  • Code breakingat Bletchley Park
  • The post-waryears
  • The tragedyof his personal life
  • Efforts to pardon him and honorhis work
  • News about The Imitation Gameand Benedict Cumberbatch

All this put down in a rapid reading format so that you can absorb it super-quick. This is a great companion book to the movie.

Don’t delay!


The Review

I won’t lie to you, I knew very little about Alan Turing or the whole Bletchley Park thing before reading this book. Nope, I am not one of those amusingly titled ladies who call themselves “Cumberbitches” it was just that this book was on offer a few years ago and I willy-nillily clicked Buy It Now.

Currently, I am going through a WW1 and WW2 fascination so I thought I would give it a read and I am awfully glad I did. There are so many threads to our history of war that it is sometimes difficult to keep up with them all. I am enjoying learning about the home ground help that was provided by the coders and decoders at Bletchley Park.

Alan Turing’s life in particular seemed so multifaceted that this book serves the purpose of giving you enough information whilst also making you want to find out more. It is a quick simple grab bag on information that doesn’t get too lost in political tangents so you can really focus on the efforts of one figure.

For those wanting to dip a tentative toe in the history of Bletchley Park then this is the book for you!

The Bletchley Park Enigma by Alan Johnson and Amanda Strickland is available now.

3 Stars

The Other GirlTitle: The Other Girl

Author: Pan Jenoff

Pages: 21 Pages

The Blurb

One woman’s determination to protect a child from the dangers of war will force her to face those lurking closer to home…

Life in rural Poland during WWII brings a new set of challenges to Maria, estranged from her own family and left alone with her in-laws after her husband is sent to the front. For a young, newly pregnant wife, the days are especially cold, the nights unexpectedly lonely. The discovery of a girl hiding in the barn changes everything… Hannah is fleeing the German police who are taking Jews like her to special camps. Ignoring the risk to her own life and that of her unborn child, Maria is compelled to help. But in these dark days, no one can be trusted, and soon Maria finds her courage tested in ways she never expected and herself facing truths about her own family that the quiet village has kept buried for years.

From the international bestselling author of The Kommandant’s Girl comes a searing historical companion novella to The Winter Guest

The Review

The Other Girl is a sweet short story in the ilk of The Book Thief. It is about a young pregnant girl called Maria who finds a Jewish girl hiding in her basement. The story – like a lot of texts – is showing the kindness of others in treacherous circumstances.

The Other Girl was a good story but was just a little too short. However, if the story had been fully developed Pam Jenoff would be open to criticism that her story was too similar to The Book Thief. It is definitely worth a read. It is what I like to call a commute story, one to read on the way to work.

The Other Girl by Pam Jenoff is available now.

3 Stars

The Blurb

A story of love and loss inspired by heartrending true events in the Unoccupied Zone of wartime France.

An epic, sweeping tale set in wartime France, The Silent Hours follows three people whose lives are bound together, before war tears them apart:

Adeline, a mute who takes refuge in a convent, haunted by memories of her past;

Sebastian, a young Jewish banker whose love for the beautiful Isabelle will change the course of his life dramatically;

Tristan, a nine-year-old boy, whose family moves from Paris to settle in a village that is seemingly untouched by war.

Beautifully wrought, utterly compelling and with a shocking true story at its core, The Silent Hours is an unforgettable portrayal of love and loss.

The Review

Having followed Cesca Major on Twitter the buzz she built around her novel The Silent Hours compelled me to read it. Talking to other reviewers furthered this desire as they told me just how good the book was – unputdownable, can be read in one sitting, will keep you up all night – these were just a few of the comments. The amount of five star ratings on Goodreads assured me that this was a good book. It was at this moment that I made the conscious decision not to rush read The Silent Hours. I decided to pace myself and for someone who can generally finish a 400 page book in a day it was shocking just how long I took to read The Silent Hours. One whole week. I am awfully glad I made the decision to do this.

The Silent Hours is about a small village that is seemingly unaffected by World War Two. Not completely unaffected; the boys from the village have gone to fight against the Nazis and food has been rationed, however, the town hasn’t yet been occupied and in a sense life goes on as usual there. It is a story of survival told from five different perspectives; each one as compelling as the others and seamlessly intertwined.

What makes The Silent Hours so special is that Cesca Major has taken a true and harrowing story and woven a tale that batters your heart. The verisimilitude in the detail makes you feel like you are there. I felt like I was a character in the novel – through the magical moments it was lovely but through the harrowing parts I felt the panic and the drama as if it was me living it.

Let me just say, The Silent Hours is beautiful. It is a beautiful heart-wrenching multi-perspective story and it is told in the most gorgeous way. It isn’t the most fast paced story but I think it needed to have a much more languid development. Some stories of war can get bogged down with action and make it difficult to connect with the characters but at the forefront of The Silent Hours are the characters and the lives they live.

The Silent Hours is a triumph of a novel and one that was a heartbreaking delight to read.

The Silent Hours by Cesca Major is available now.

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Thank you to Corvus Books for sending me a review copy of The Silent Hours.

The Silent Hours