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My secret life in Hut Six : one woman's experiences at Bletchley Park
Russell-Jones, Mair, 1917-2013, author.
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Oxford : Lion Hudson, 2014.
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256 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
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D810.C88 R87 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Popular Materials-Biography

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Mair Thomas tells her story in this fascinating memoir--that of a decoder in World War II, using all of her skills to help break the infamous German Enigma Code

The story of the World War II decoders of Bletchley Park continues to fascinate. How did Mair Thomas, a musician brought up in the Welsh valleys, find herself in the rarefied atmosphere of Hut Six, surrounded by hundreds of others, all desperately trying to break the German Enigma Code? Sworn to secrecy and working in cramped and uncomfortable conditions, Mair discovered her degree in German and Music was just what was needed. Drawn from the public schools and Oxbridge her background was very different to that of most of her colleagues and she didn't immediately fit in. This captivating memoir unpacks her daily life and explores the relationships she built. My Secret Life in Hut Six provides a fascinating insight into one woman's battle against Nazi Germany, vividly capturing an era of danger, strain and day to day difficulties that were brightened occasionally by visits from the top brass, such as Winston Churchill.

Author Notes

Gethin Russell-Jones combines prolific writing career with beinj Baptist Pastor.
Mair Russell-Jon was a code-breaker at Bletchley during the Second World War.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 9
Chapter 1 January 1941 A Personal World Warp. 19
Chapter 2 1917-36 Rough Valleyp. 25
Chapter 3 1936-38 London on the Eve of Warp. 41
Chapter 4 1938-39 Cardiff Universityp. 51
Chapter 5 1940 Too Close to Homep. 63
Chapter 6 February 1941 Strange Messengersp. 77
Chapter 7 April 1941 Appointment in Whitehallp. 83
Chapter 8 August 1941 My Longest Dayp. 95
Chapter 9 August 1941 Landlords from Hellp. 103
Chapter 10 August 1941 First Day at Bletchley Parkp. 111
Chapter 11 August 1941 Unravelling the Enigmap. 123
Chapter 12 August-October 1941 Is it Over Before it Has Begun?p. 137
Chapter 13 November 1941 St loanp. 145
Chapter 14 1941-42 Loved and Chosenp. 155
Chapter 15 1942-43 Girls Talkp. 173
Chapter 16 1941-44 Rank and Filep. 189
Chapter 17 1944 D-Dayp. 199
Chapter 18 1945 It Nearly Killed Churchill Toop. 213
Chapter 19 1945-99 Keeping Mum and Coming Outp. 227
Chapter 20 1999 Return of the Nativep. 239
Chapter 21 2008 Read All About Itp. 247
Christmas 2013: Postscriptp. 253
Bibliographyp. 256