Born and brought up in the sheltered environment of the Welsh valleys, Mair Thomas is amazed to discover her grasp of the German language and musical training make her an ideal code-breaker for Bletchley Park, and she finds herself working long shifts in Hut Six.
Sworn to secrecy, she is so afraid of blurting out something she shouldn’t, she cannot sleep, especially not when her landlord tells her he will stand outside her room, listening. Ironically the man she loves is a pacifist, while her aunts think she should be at home, looking after her father.
Despite cramped and uncomfortable working conditions, Mair came to value her days at Bletchley more than any others in her life. She vividly captures an era of danger and day-to-day challenges, with the constant strain occasionally brightened by visits from the top brass, including Churchill.
This first-hand account, remembered affectionately by Mair, and painstakingly recorded by her son, Gethin, gives a fascinating insight into one woman’s war
“An absorbing read which gets closer to the humdrum reality of war.” – Derek Wilson, historian and author