Figuring It Out at Bletchley Park 1939-1945

I’ve been receiving some requests and orders for copies of Figuring It Out at Bletchley Park 1939 – 1945 by yours truly and John Gallehawk.

It’s been painful to have to say the book is now sold out and I am not reprinting further copies until the revised and improved edition is released.

For those keen to still get a copy, I know that the Bletchley Park bookshop have the last few copies on their bookshelves. You can buy a copy here.

The data in Figuring It Out at Bletchley Park is totally sound and unique but I want to improve the text and the layout.

Let me tell you a bit more about the book.

It is a book mostly made up of tables taken from the official weekly returns taken between March 1941 and August 1945. It covers data for men and women civilian and service personnel, their accommodation, billeting arrangement, their eating habits, transport arrangements as well as figures for their departments and some work output.

The information covers figures for the Government Code and Cypher School operation and the Secret Intelligence Service at Bletchley Park and Broadway Buildings, London. There is also figures for the Outstations, such as Wavendon and Eastcote.

It took a year to compile to the data from the official wartime records held at The National Archives, and nearly as long to reproduce that data in tables and charts, then check and double-check to make sure the data was accurately recorded.

The book is mostly tables and it’s amazing to see the story of Bletchley Park unfold through the numbers. Those numbers really do the talking! However, I have decided to revamp it as John and I produced it as a book with speed in 2007 so that it could be ready for the 2007 Veteran’s Reunion weekend.

My knowledge and love of publishing has changed dramatically since then and I now have the pleasure of publishing other books about Bletchley Park and related World War 2 signals intelligence subjects at I have temporarily taken Figuring It Out at Bletchley Park out of print so that I can improve the text that accompanies the tables, correct some minor formatting errors and improve its layout.

I am also experimenting with a series of infographics to go with chapters so that those fascinating numbers have increased visual impact too.

As I overhaul the book, I will be reissuing related sections as eBooks and then producing a compilation of those sections once again as a printed book. I am experimenting with how best to present a book of tables compatible with Amazon’s Kindle, which historically has issues with presenting tables and images effectively. In the meantime there will be and EPub format for other devices as well as a PDF version for Scribd and this website.

I apologise for those keen to get their hands on a copy of this book. Rest assured that the next edition will be worth the wait. Thank you for your patience.


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