An author from Leighton Buzzard has released his latest book in a series inspired by wartime codebreakers.
Building 41, by Andy Mellett Brown, features Bletchley Park curator, Harry Stammers and veteran Elsie Sidthorpe, as she is tested once again by Günther Möller, the renegade German with his own hidden past.
Stammers is thrust into a desperate race to unravel secrets and the truth about a mother who has been missing since his childhood. But first he, and the acid-tongued Jane Mears, must decipher the secrets of Bulding 41.
Much of the action in the novel takes place in Leighton Buzzard and at Bletchley Park.
If you’re visiting the park Andy says: “It is a little brick building, sitting between D and G-blocks, on the east side of the roadway that runs out onto Bletchley Park’s northern perimeter and around to the right to what is now Alford Place. Like all of the remaining derelict places at Bletchley, it is a tremendously atmospheric building. Exploring the interior, as I was able to do in 2014, it wasn’t at all difficult to imagine the dramas that might have unfolded within the confines of the building’s four walls, or indeed beneath it.”
His third novel, Andy is receiving excellent reviews and has a growing fan base in the UK, Europe and the United States. His trademark is the intertwining of the plot with real, historic events and places.
Andy said of his fascination with the Bletchley code breaking centre: “I first arrived there one Monday evening in 2007 and was immediately both intrigued and appalled, in equal measure, by the rotting huts. Walking around the crumbling, empty buildings and overgrown pathways and bicycle sheds, it was as though the thousands of men and women who had once worked there were whispering to me. I was smitten from the start.”
Born in London, Andy joined Haringey Social Services Department in 1982 and now works for the Care Quality Commission. He is president of The Milton Keynes Amateur Radio Society, whose members campaigned to save Bletchley Park before MKARS took up residency at the park in 1994. Andy has lived in Leighton Buzzard with his wife, Patricia, since 2004.
His first novel, The Shelter, was published in 2013 and was followed by The Battle of Wood Green in 2014.
Building 41 is available from Amazon and Amazon Kindle, ISBN:1523949325