Celebrated authors to visit Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park
Bletchley Park

Two celebrated authors, are set to visit Bletchley Park to talk about how they researched their books.

Sinclair MacKay and Elisa Segrave, will talk about how they researched and wrote, The Lost World of Bletchley Park: An Illustrated History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre and The Girl from Station X: My Mother’s Unknown Life.

They will talk of the challenges they faced in decoding the once top secret world of Bletchley Park, much of which is still not fully understood.

Mr McKay is the author of the bestselling The Secret Life of Bletchley Park and The Secret Listeners, as well as books on other subjects, including the history of Hammer films, James Bond films, and rambling.

He said: “Several years ago, thanks to the brilliant Bletchley Park Trust, I was privileged to meet many veterans and I heard their stories with a mix of awe and delight. Then this year the Trust opened up its picture archive. It’s one thing to read about the feats of codebreaking genius that helped change the course of the war; it’s invaluable to also see rare pictures of the women and men who performed these miracles, the conditions in which they worked, the revolutionary secret technology they worked with, and even the greasepaint of their lively amateur dramatics.

“The photos gathered in this book chart the life and history of the house – from its pre-war social grandeur to its wartime triumphs, to its tragic 1980s decline and then to its timely rescue and vibrant new life.”

Tickets are on sale now to Friends of Bletchley Park and will be available online from January 6.