Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Eilidh McGiness

A wartime novel based on a true story. The Cypher Bureau. Gripping stuff.

The Cypher Bureau

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My review -

Between the wars, three young Polish mathematicians are set the task of decoding messages from the German Enigma machine. One of them, Marian, manages to make a replica version, including both the mathematics and the mechanics of the task in his solution. When the war starts they are conscripted into the army and their lives take a different turn. Separated from his wife for six years in wartime, Marian, goes back to Poland afterwards rather than start a new life in Britain. The story is intriguing, harrowing, enlightening and always interesting. I enjoyed it very much.

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