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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (18 Jun. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781313881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781313886
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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"A five star comprehensive and emotionally engaging read."



"A fascinating account ... long overdue."



‘If you are looking for a riveting, un-put-downable read to curl up with on a Siberian January   night – look no further than Michael Smith’s marvellous book –   The Debs of Bletchley Park’



'Comprehensive...movingly portrayed ... Smith provides a useful corrective to the many accounts that see Turing as the lone central figure at Bletchley.’

‘ If you are looking for a riveting, un-put-downable read to curl up with on a Siberian January   night – look no further than Michael Smith’ s marvellous book –   The Debs of Bletchley Park’

'colourful and engaging social history'

‘ Brisk and readable story of the women of Bletchley ... Smith is good on what the women actually did’

'Pacey and easy to read ... a fascinating account of how the war changed life for women in all strata of society’

"A five star comprehensive and emotionally engaging read."

"A fascinating account ... long overdue."

About the Author

MICHAEL SMITH is the author of a number of bestselling books on spies, special forces and codebreaking including the Sunday Times number one bestseller Station X: The Codebreakers of Bletchley Park; Foley: The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews; The Spying Game and Killer Elite: The Inside Story of America’s Most Secret Special Operations Team. Smith worked for the BBC, the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times before becoming a full-time author. He studied creative writing at Oxford University and has an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing (The Novel) from Brunel University.


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This book is a brilliant read, it deserves the good ratings it has already received. Although the subject matter is serious, the book is written in a friendly and entertaining manner, and I found it quite difficult to get the stories out of my mind after I had finished reading. Always the acid test of a good book, I think, if the story or subject lingers on in the consciousness! I was really interested in what became of all these women after the war, it was hard to think of them as elderly ladies so it was helpful and lovely to read the after notes of what they made of their post Bletchley lives.
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This is a companion book to the Bletchley Girls (Tessa Dunlop) - it has other descriptions of the Bletchley girls lives and where they were stationed to work so hard on finding a solution to the Enigma code (used by Germany) during WWII. It is very descriptive and portrays a life that the youth of today would (I feel) find very hard to cope with. Not being able to discuss at all with family or friends what you were working on by day (and night) to help Britain win (with its allies) the second world war (1938-1945). The length of time it took to decode messages from the enemy (Germany) and to implement counter-attacks against warships, submarines and aircraft was extremely demanding of its workers. Highly recommended reading.........Annabel
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By A. Roberton TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Sept. 2015
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I really enjoyed reading this book, for many reasons. Firstly each of the people involved in Bletchley Park are a good mixture - there were many thousands of women working there during the war that it must have been difficult to choose who to write about and whose memories were selected. As all the people who worked there had to sign the 'Official Secrets Act' the memories used had to tell a story that was kept under wraps for so long.

The book itself was extremely informative and told me many things I was never aware of. For example I, like many assumed that the Enigma code was a code broken by Alan Turing. No so, the Enigma code was never one code but many. Most of which were broken on an almost daily basis by the many hard working people at Bletchley. The Alan Turing part was just that, a part - an essential part I agree.

I really feel this is one of the best books I have ever read regarding the ladies who worked so tirelessly in Bletchley Park in those dark days of the second world war. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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Having recently visited Bletchley Park the book was an interesting insight into how they recruited the young women who worked there and the type of work they did. It is fascinating, looking from today's perspective, how they kept the secret of their work there, even from their parents. It shows how dedicated they were. It is difficult to understand the hard work that they had to do, even working through several days and nights together. They knew they were doing something towards the war effort, but as they were not allowed to discuss their work with people from the other huts, they didn't know exactly how their work fitted into the scheme of things. No one knew where the information they received about German movements came from, even the top brass. I wonder how they persuaded the Germans that the counter measures taken were just coincidence rather than information received! No one knew about the work at Bletchley Park until the 1970s, and even them the people who worked there didn't want to talk about it, because they had signed the Official Secrets Act.
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A very interesting insight into what went on at Bletchley Park during WWII and the people involved. If you are remotely interested in history with a bit of personal info thrown in to make it more digestible, this is a good and enjoyable read. I didn't want to put it down until I'd read it through but equally you could stop at a chapter end and come back to the next chapter later.
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This book manages to be both totally comprehensive and very emotionally engaging. Their stories are fantastic, and all the more impressive for being secret for so long.
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