The Bletchley Girls : War, secrecy, love and loss: the women of Bletchley Park tell their story
by Tessa Dunlop
Editor: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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Animatedby giving us the daily details of their lives in women’s own Dunlop voice is Dunlop them and we a fine of service “New Statesman” Dunlop is to engage in his personal approachHer obvious feminine empathy with the venerable ladies she spoke to her book about immediacy and intimacyDaily Mail’in-depth picture of life in Britain in wartime intelligence centerThe result is fascinating, and he is all the more touched by the development of friendships between Dunlop and his interviewees.Financial Times, The Bletchley Girls weaves the lives of fifteen women who have all been selected to work in Britain’s most secret organization – Bletchley ParkIt is their story, told in their voices; Tesa met and talked to 15 veterans, often visiting them several timesCabinet of friendships were created as their epic journey unfolded on paperThe extent of women’s participation in Great Britain during the Second World War has no equivalent in any other countryOf the 8 million women who work just over 7,000 were hand-picked to work in Bletchley Park and its exit stations.There have always been girls in the Park, but soon they outnumbered the men three to oneA refugee from Belgium, a Scottish beginner, a 14-year-old Jew, and a factory worker from Northamptonshire – Bletchley the Girls confuses stereotypesBut they all have a common bond, war and their very confidential part of the partyIn the middle of the night, leaning over senses of pieces of paper, which tends to take the machines breath away, sitting listening for hours on end, he was always confused, monotonous and meticulous work, about which they could not breathe a wordBy meeting and talking to these fascinating secret female guardians who are still alive today, Tessa Dunlop captures their extraordinary journey into an adult world of war, secrecy, love and loss.Through the voices of the women themselves, which I
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