A specially selected team is hard at work attempting - and succeeding - to crack secret German and Japanese codes. Many of their number were women, even schoolgirls - and it is their remarkable first hand stories that form the basis of this fascinating book.
An in-depth picture of life in Britain's wartime intelligence centre...The result is fascinating, and is made all the more touching by the developing friendships between Dunlop and her interviewees.
Brings the unsung heroines of Bletchley into the limelight and gives them a share of the credit that so often goes to their male counterparts.
By spending time with these fascinating women, Tessa Dunlop captures their extraordinary stories of life at Bletchley Park.
Candid about the hardships and heartaches of wartime work and its knock-on effects.
Dunlop has interviewed some of those Bletchley women still alive and draws on one or two unpublished diaries. These have yielded some good stuff, especially on the particular intensity of wartime sexual relationships.
Dunlop is engaging in her personal approach. Her obvious feminine empathy with the venerable ladies she spoke to gives her book an immediacy and intimacy.
Dunlop offers us glimpses of the women's lives and expectations, their education, aspirations and personal anecdotes, how they coped with the aftermath of war and what became of them. The combined accounts make for a fascinating social document of women's lives.
Her book, The Bletchley Girls, sees her adding to the understanding of the sheer scale of the work undertaken at Bletchley Park.
Lively...in giving us the daily details of their lives in the women's own voices Dunlop does them and us a fine service.
Not simply a biography of one shared experience, but a generation...unquestionably compelling.
Oscar-tipped movie The Imitation Game brought master code breaker Alan Turing's story to the big screen, and tales of the women he worked with during the Second World War can be found in Tessa Dunlop's new book.
Tessa Dunlop, author of The Bletchley Girls, documents the lives of 15 remarkable women who worked at The Park and are still alive to tell their stories.
Tessa Dunlop's The Bletchley Girls tells the story of 15 female veterans of 'Station X', all of whom Dunlop has interviewed at length.
The 15 extraordinary women interviewed for this book came from backgrounds as diverse as debutantes and factory workers. It's an engrossing read that captures their wildly different experiences.
Work conducted by women at Bletchley Park during the Second World War is often overlooked, making this a unique history of the period.