Long nights, chilly weather: snuggle up with a great page-turner

Cressida Cowell
Cressida Cowell

SOME of you will remember the family film How To Train Your Dragon, from 2010.

The charming animation made for lovely viewing.

Now, Cressida Cowell – the lady who wrote the book the film was based on, is back with another in the How To Train Your Dragon series, entitled How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel.

Fans will also be pleased to learn that Cressida, left, is making tracks to the new city on Sunday.

She will be book signing at Waterstone’s in Midsummer Place, between 11am and midday.

Cressida isn’t the only writer who will be showing out to promote her wares at the store on Sunday, mind.

Anthony Horowitz is one of the most successful children’s authors in the past decade.

His is the name behind the Alex Rider spy series, and of course he is also responsible for television series’ Crime traveller and Foyle’s War.

If you want Anthony to put his squiggle across your copy of his new release Oblivion (which is the last part of his Power of 5 series), he’ll be in store between 3.30 and 5pm.

The much-anticipated follow-up to bestselling page-turner The Secret Life of Bletchley Park hits retailers’ shelves today.

Author Sinclair McKay has once again unearthed a fascinating compendium of memories from surviving veterans whose vital contribution to the war effort had been shrouded in secrecy.

The stories contained here are from surviving members of the Y (Y for Wireless) Service.

Based all over the world, they were responsible for intercepting and transcribing the enemy’s radio traffic with furious speed.

Their roles were just as secret as those undertaken at the Park, and their work just as essential: before the Park could break the German war machine codes, these men and women were at the helm,

The book takes you to the heart of the issues faced by the youngsters, many of whom had no sooner left school than were being posted to Cairo, the Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean (where they monitored Japan), Casablanca or Karachi.

Simply, they went where the war went, and many returned home wthi stories of long shifts suffering dizzying concentration, intense heat and sweat that ran into the shoes, and for one, a hair-raising encounter with a nest of snakes who had relocated to a filing cabinet!

It is a fascinating read, made even moreso simply because fact, as has often been said, is stranger than fiction.

We have three copies of The Secret Listeners up for grabs.

To stand a chance of winning a copy, we want know the answer to the following easy question:

How was Bletchley Park commonly referred to in the war?

A: Stationary

B Station X

C Station Master.

If you think you know, send your answer, together with your name and address, to: It’s a Secret, Citizen News Desk, Napier House, Auckland Park, Bond Avenue, Bletchley, MK1 1BU.

Closing date for entries is Wednesday, October 10, 2012.