Fall of Man in Wilmslow

Fall of Man in Wilmslow

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"An electrifying thriller that opens with Alan Turing's suicide, and then opens out to take in a young detective's awakening to painful secrets about his own life and the life of his country. It's 1954. Several English nationals have defected to the USSR, while a witch-hunt for homosexuals rages across Britain. In these circumstances, no one is surprised when a mathematician by the name of Alan Turing is found dead in his home: it is widely assumed that he committed suicide, unable to cope with the humiliation of a criminal conviction for homosexuality. But young Detective Sergeant Leonard Corell, who had always dreamt of a career in higher mathematics, suspects greater forces are involved. In the face of opposition from his superiors, he begins to assemble the pieces of a puzzle that lead him to one of the most closely guarded secrets of the war: the Bletchley Park operation to crack the Nazis' Enigma Code. But he is also about to be rocked by two startling developments in his own life, one of which will find him being pursued as a threat to national security.."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9781101946695
Characteristics: 353 pages ; 25 cm


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Sep 03, 2018

Just finished David Lagercrantz' Fall of Man in Wilmslow, a fictional account of the investigation into the suicide of Alan Turing. If you are interested in Turing, math and/or computers, it is an interesting read!

Oct 28, 2017

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Sep 22, 2017

Pretty rugged reading. But fascinating biographical material mixed in to the plot in relation to Alan Turing. The author has done his research and turned up new information not revealed, for instance, in the movie The Imitation Game. But things do get bogged down in mathematical theory for long stretches. I skipped over that eventually. Did enjoy the protagonist, Leonard Corell, whom I was looking forward to seeing in a future novel. But the way the book ended, that probably won't happen. No, he had not passed away, just jumped ahead 30 years. Probably will look more into Alan Turing's life.

Jul 11, 2016

I thought that this book was brilliant. Initially I had my doubts about whether to finish it because it's a bit cerebral and inward-looking, but I pushed ahead. Midway through I was entirely captivated by the characters (especially Corell, the protagonist), the plot, and the portrayal of Alan Turing. I found the ending positively uplifting.

Sep 28, 2015

I like books which encourage me to read more about the characters or the era. This is one of them. It's heavy on math theory and other cerebral exercises that Alan Turing explored which I ploughed through. The story overall is good.


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