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In Secrets at Bletchley Park by Margaret Dickinson, two young women from very different backgrounds meet in the Second World War and are plunged into a life where security and discretion are paramount. But both have secrets of their own to hide....

In 1929, life for 10-year-old Mattie Price, born and raised in the back streets of Sheffield, is tough. With a petty thief for a father and a mother who turns to the bottle to cope with her husband’s brutish ways, it is left to the young girl and her brother, Joe, to feed and care for their three younger siblings. But Mattie has others rooting for her, too. The Spencer family, who live at the top of the same street, and Mattie’s teachers recognize that the girl is clever beyond her years and they, and Joe, are determined that she shall have the opportunity in life she deserves.

Victoria Hamilton, living in the opulence of London’s Kensington, has all the material possessions that a young girl could want. But her mother, Grace, a widow from the Great War, is cold and distant, making no secret of the fact that she never wanted a child. Grace lives her life in the social whirl of upper-class society, leaving Victoria in the care of her governess and the servants. At 11 years old, Victoria is sent to boarding school where, for the first time in her young life, she is able to make friends of her own age.

Mattie and Victoria are both set on a path that will bring them together at Bletchley Park in May 1940. An unlikely friendship between the two young women is born, and together they will face the rest of the war keeping the nation’s secrets and helping to win the fight. They can tell no one, not even their families, about their work or even where they are. But keeping secrets is second nature to both of them....

©2021 Margaret Dickinson (P)2021 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

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  • Immy
  • 05-18-21

Please let there be a second book

Loved it characters became like friends you couldn't wait to catch up with finished in a day simply amazing 10/10 and willow mash is narrator to look out for

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-10-21

excellent

Really enjoyed this story, it gave a good back ground to the main characters story

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  • Tania P
  • 04-13-22

Misleading title

I am not sure why the book is called Secrets at Bletchley Park as it only gets to Bletchley in the last out of three parts this book is split into. There are no secrets to spill, in fact, the third part is rather superficial and lets the rest of the book down. If you are looking for an insight of the life at Bletchley Park, then you are likely to be disappointed. Surprisingly, the first two parts, which describe a decade of pre-war lives of the main characters, are rather enjoyable but they only highlight weaknesses of the third part. I was left feeling bemused for the last three hours of the listen and a bit cheated by the incredulous ending.

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  • A. Richards
  • 12-07-21

A great book

A pleasure to listen to.
with twists and turns everywhere and a lot of romance.
it just goes to prove no matter what walk of life you come from friendship can be formed.

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  • tess garretty
  • 12-04-21

Enjoyable if predictable

I enjoyed listening to this story based around the lives of two women from very different backgrounds becoming involved at Bletchley Park. Unfortunately for me not much of the story was about the workings of Bletchley Park as I had hoped, more about the lives of the two women. The story bowls along nicely but it is rather predictable. The narration is pretty good for the most part but the northern accents are poor as are a couple of the character portrayals. Having said that, you soon ignore that and if you simply want a light listen, this will fit the bill nicely.

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  • shirlivalentine
  • 05-09-21

Great read

Throughly enjoyed this book. I love all storylines that are based on wartime friendships and this was no exception. I especially liked the background stories of the two main characters at the beginning which gave a good foundation for the rest of the storyline. Although I thought the narrator, Willow Nash was very clear and overall quite good, my criticism is that she made a few of the characters sound like each other, which spoiled it a bit.

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  • Troila
  • 02-11-22

Confusing

Had the sample included any of the conversation, I would never have purchased this book. Only a few characters are given ‘normal’ voices, whilst the rest are left to sound like real slow, daft and/or stuck up cartoon figures. It was really hard to keep listening those last few hours, when everything stiftet into this great, big hallmark movie feeling. I’m having trouble telling what genre it actually belongs in.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-13-22

Secrets at Bletchley Park

I felt the back stories of the characters although interesting were overly long.The book was 2thirds through before Bletchley was even mentioned,but the book was well written and some of the secrets kept till the end.

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  • Patricia
  • 07-18-22

Not an intelligence novel!

Seeing ‘Bletchley Park’ in the title, I was expecting something that wasn’t there. However I was pleasantly surprised by this book, which tells the story of two girls and their lives leading up to their joining Bletchley Park. Two very different backgrounds, but written so well, your interest never waned, especially when the historical aspect is included. I’m usually a crime/ thriller listener, but this was a delightful sojourn.

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  • Miss K Wilkinson
  • 07-07-22

Good read

Narrated and written well, enjoyed how the book was laid out and written. Each part interesting and kept you wanting to keep listening further
Enjoyable book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-13-21

Lives up to her usual standard

I loved it. now we have to wait ages for the next book.
Brings in old characters.