Andy Mellett Brown grew up in Harringay, North London. He trained and worked as a residential social worker during the 1980's and now works for the Care Quality Commission, England's health and social care regulator. Outside work, Andy is a keen radio amateur and it was through amateur radio that one Monday evening in 2007, he arrived at Bletchley Park to join the resident radio society. He was immediately intrigued and appalled, in equal measure, by the rotting huts and semi-derelict buildings.
"It was exploring the place and the people of Bletchley Park that fired my imagination to the extent that I began to think about the plot for 'The Shelter' (and the other books in the Harry Stammers series). There is something about the place, perhaps due to the secrecy that surrounded the wartime code-breaking centre that had remained hidden from public consciousness for so long. Walking around the crumbling, empty buildings and overgrown pathways and bicycle sheds, it was as though the thousands of men and women who had once worked there were whispering to me."
'The Shelter', Andy's first novel, introduces Harry Stammers, curator at the Britain's former code-breaking centre, and tells the stories of Martha Watts, one of the thousands of women who worked there during the War and Arthur Wallington, who finds her sitting on an upturned crate, nursing a twisted ankle, in an air raid shelter one hundred feet below London's Haverstock Hill.
The book is the first in a three-part series of thrillers, to be followed, later in 2014, by 'The Battle of Wood Green'. Andy is presently working on 'Building 41', the final instalment in the series, as well as several other projects.