Dr Black’s Saving Bletchley Park released in time for Christmas (video)

10 Dec 2015

The first book by Techmums founder and all-round tech legend Dr Sue Black is now available to buy – just in time for Christmas.

Black’s book, Saving Bletchley Park, really tells two stories: that of Alan Turing and the codebreakers (many of whom were women) who worked at Bletchley Park during World War II, and also the story about the campaign by Black and others to save Bletchley from the bulldozers.

Bletchley Park and the role of the codebreakers there in breaking Germany’s Enigma code – and going a long way towards helping the Allies win WWII – came to popular attention last year with the release of The Imitation Game film starring Benedict Cumberbatch, but Black’s work started long before that.


As she explains in the book, she first became involved in the campaign to save Bletchley Park in 2008, and when Stephen Fry tweeted about it in 2009, that’s when things really kicked off.

“It was really Twitter that made a massive difference,” Black told Siliconrepublic.com when she was in Dublin last month for the launch of Techmums at the Digital Hub, with graduations from the first Techmums at the Digital Hub programme set to take place tomorrow (11 December).

The book is currently available on the Unbound website and costs £10 for the e-book and £20 for a hard copy.

Inspirefest 2015 speaker Black, who left school at 16 before rejoining education as a 27-year-old single mother of three and going on to achieve a PhD, also revealed to Siliconrepublic.com that she is discussing writing an autobiography about her “interesting” life.

Dr Sue Black discusses writing Saving Bletchley Park

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