My Secret Life in Hut Six


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How Mair Thomas found herself at Bletchley Park trying to break the German Enigma Code.

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Chapter 1: January 1941 A Personal World War 19
Chapter 2: 1917-36 Rough Valley 25
Chapter 3: 1936-38 London on the Eve of War 41
Chapter 4: 1938-39 Cardiff University 51
Chapter 5: 1940 Too Close to Home 63
Chapter 6: February 1941 Strange Messengers 77
Chapter 7: April 1941 Appointment in Whitehall 83
Chapter 8: August 1941 My Longest Day 95
Chapter 9: August 1941 Landlords from Hell 103
Chapter 10: August 1941 First Day at Bletchley Park 111
Chapter 11: August 1941 Unravelling the Enigma 123
Chapter 12: August-October 1941 Is it Over Before it Has Begun? 137
Chapter 13: November 1941 St Joan 145
Chapter 14: 1941-42 Loved and Chosen 155
Chapter 15: 1942-43 Girls Talk 173
Chapter 16: 1941-44 Rank and File 189
Chapter 17: 1944 D-Day 199
Chapter 18: 1945 It Nearly Killed Churchill Too 213
Chapter 19: 1945-99 Keeping Mum and Coming Out 227
Chapter 20: 1999 Return of the Native 239
Chapter 21: 2008 Read All About It 247
Christmas 2013: Postscript 253
Bibliography 256

About the Author

Mair Russell-Jones worked at Bletchley Park during the Second World War


"This is a wonderful book, telling the story of a woman working at Bletchley Park. It has unique anecdotes that more truly describe the life at Bletchley Park than someone would be prepared to do if they were talking publicly. It is charming and brutally honest." -- Michael Smith, author of Station X
I am fascinated by the way Bletchley Park's commitment to absolute secrecy exercised such a powerful and enduring hold over those who worked there - what a good thing that Mair Russell-Jones was persuaded to relax it a little, giving us this engaging account of life at the heart of one of Britain's most important World War Two operations. I greatly enjoyed this book. -- Edward Stourton, broadcaster and author
Plucked from her home in the Welsh valleys, Mair Russell-Jones' quiet and heroic devotion to duty in World War 2 almost cost her her life and reputation among unsympathetic family and friends. It can't be easy telling your own parents' remarkable story but Gethin succeeds without a trace of sentimentality. Humbling and inspiring -- Steve Goddard Co-editor Ship of Fools
This is the story of an ordinary woman from the Welsh valleys made extraordinary by the exigencies of war. Mair Thomas would probably have been a Christian missionary had it not been for World War II. She was recruited for the intelligence team at Bletchley Park that cracked the Enigma code and made the Allied victory possible. Only after half a century did she tell the story of her secret life in Hut Six. Her story is told with the aid of her son, Gethin Russell Jones. Other books have given dramatic, sometimes romanticised, accounts of the intelligence war. My Secret Life is remarkable for its unvarnished account of life at `BP' - monotonous, wearying, unglamorous - costly. Mair paid that cost till the end of her days. An absorbing read which gets closer to the humdrum reality of war. -- Derek Wilson, Author

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