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Memories: the women of Bletchley Park

By Jessica Abrahams  

The mansion at Bletchley Park © ShaunArmstrong/

There has been a recent fascination with Bletchley Park, the centre of Britain’s codebreaking efforts during the Second World War. The Imitation Game, which focuses on Alan Turing’s work to break the German’s Enigma coding system there, has just been nominated for eight Oscars. And this month has seen the publication of two books about the women who made up 75 per cent of Bletchley’s workforce: Tessa Dunlop’s The Bletchley Girls (Hodder & Stoughton) and Michael…

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