In Search of the Truth of Bletchley Park

Station X The Codebreakers of Bletchley Park by Michael Smith Codebreakers, eds. F.H. Hinsley and Alan Stripp The Ultra Secret by F.W. Winterbotham

(The Secrets of Station X by Michael Smith and Codebreakers, eds. F.H. Hinsley and Alan Stripp)

Bletchley Park is to my mind one of the most fascinating places in history. It was here that the British broke into German, Italian and Japanese codes and ciphers during the Second World War, among them the most famous, Enigma, the cipher used by all German Armed Forces.

What Helena read in the summer of 2013 (the shortlisted version)

The Year of the Ladybird: A Ghost Story by Graham Joyce

The effortlessly genre defying Joyce's new novel takes place in the blistering summer of 1976. David, a young student, has come to the coastal town of Skegness to work at a holiday camp and, hopefully, watch his life begin.

What Jan read the summer of 2013

Howard Cunnell - Marine Boy
Well, it started really good - bleak, dark, southern England. Then I forgot the book on a ferry in Greece... In my defense the boat *was* rocking quite heavily.

Daniel O'Malley - The Rook
This was super entertaining. Starts with a woman without memory waking up in a body she doesn't recognize in a private park in London with a dozen dead people on the ground around her all wearing rubber gloves ... And it only gets better.

Max Barry - Lexicon
Very exciting, made me think of The Magicians and The Secret History, but with more of an action feel to it. Good idea, good read.

Howard Cunnell - Marine Boy Daniel O'Malley - The Rook Max Barry - Lexicon

Anton DiSclafani - The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls
I really enjoyed this; the tale of a girl in 1930 messing up and

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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Neil Gaiman – The Ocean at the End of the LaneAfter attending a funeral, a tired and somewhat confused man finds himself driving towards his childhood home. While mulling over the place where he grew up and the times he grew up in, he stops at the end of the lane, outside of the Hempstock's farmhouse...

The Shining Girls: “A constellation of murder”

Shining Girls by Lauren BeukesJinsuk. Zora. Willie. Kirby. Margo. Julia. Catherine. Alice. Misha. Nine female names written on the bedroom wall in a house outside of time. Nine shining girls Harper Curtis is compelled to kill. One young woman, scarred from wounds she should not have been able to survive, hunting a murderer who cannot be real.

Revenge of the Redshirts (Redshirts, by John Scalzi)

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John Scalzi – Redshirts: A novel with three codasThis book was exactly what I expected it to be. Plus a bit more. In fact I was a little surprised when I put it down, surprised that this turned out to be a story that lingers in my head. I keep thinking about it.

The structure of this novel is a bit unusual, and could have failed completely. But I think it works.

The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman

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There is comfort in the predictable. When picking a book to read, the title, the cover, the blurb, sometimes even the name of the author, send us signals of what to expect. Plots will often follow recognisable paths. Even good books, which do not fall prey to the use of clichés, will still contain recognisable tropes.

Alden Bell – The Reapers Are The Angels

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Alden Bell – The Reapers Are The AngelsIt's strange that the older I get, the more I tend to surround myself with books targeting a much younger audience.

Books of the Month – July 2024

Michiko Aoyama
What You Are Looking for is in the Library
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Malcolm Lowry
Under the Volcano
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Classics of the month

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Julie Shackman
The Bookshop by the Loch
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Feel-Good of the month

Maz Evans
Over My Dead Body
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Michael McGarrity
The Long Ago
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Noir of the month

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
Chain-Gang All-Stars
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Genoveva Dimova
Foul Days
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Megan Kamalei Kakimoto
Every Drop Is a Man’s Nightmare
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– Stories

Horror of the month

Chelsea Ichaso
The Summer She Went Missing
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Teen/YA of the month

Claudia Cravens
Lucky Red
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John P. Strelecky
The Cafe on the Edge of the World
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– A Story About the Meaning of Life

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Books of the Month – June 2024

Emily Habeck
Shark Heart
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Pamela Frankau
A Wreath for the Enemy
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Ashley Poston
The Seven Year Slip
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Alis Hawkins
A Bitter Remedy
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Lou Berney
Dark Ride
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Noir of the month

Karen Lord
The Blue, Beautiful World
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Caitlin Rozakis
Dreadful
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Christina Henry
The House that Horror Built
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Horror of the month

Danielle Jawando
If My Words Had Wings
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Nicola Dinan
Bellies
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Monica Potts
The Forgotten Girls
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– A Memoir of Friendship and Lost Promise in Rural America

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Books of the Month – May 2024

Mirinae Lee
8 Lives of a Century-Old Trickster
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Upton Sinclair
The Jungle
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Satoshi Yagisawa
Days at the Morisaki Bookshop
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John Shen Yen Nee & SJ Rozan
The Murder of Mr Ma
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E. A. Aymar
When She Left
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Noir of the month

Ray Nayler
The Mountain in the Sea
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Genevieve Gornichec
The Weaver and the Witch Queen
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Nicholas Binge
Ascension
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Margaret McDonald
Glasgow Boys
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Danny Ramadan
The Foghorn Echoes
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