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Fall of Man in Wilmslow - David Lagercrantz

Fall of Man in Wilmslow

By: David Lagercrantz, George Goulding (Transcribed by)

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June 8, 1954. Alan Turing, the visionary mathematician, is found dead at his home in sleepy Wilmslow, dispatched by a poisoned apple.

Taking the case, Detective Constable Leonard Corell quickly learns Turing is a convicted homosexual. Confident it's a suicide, he is nonetheless confounded by official secrecy over Turing's war record. What is more, Turing's sexuality appears to be causing alarm among the intelligence services - could he have been blackmailed by Soviet spies?

Stumbling across evidence of Turing's genius, and sensing an escape from a narrow life, Corell soon becomes captivated by Turing's brilliant and revolutionary work, and begins to dig deeper. But in the febrile atmosphere of the Cold War, loose cannons cannot be tolerated. As his innocent curiosity takes him far out of his depth, Corell realises he has much to learn about the dangers of forbidden knowledge.

About the Author

David Lagercrantz was born in 1962, and is an acclaimed author and journalist. In 2015 The Girl in the Spider's Web, his continuation of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, became a worldwide bestseller, and it was announced that Lagercrantz would write two further novels in the series. He is also the author of the acclaimed and bestselling I am Zlatan Ibramhimovic, and Fall of Man in Wilmslow, a novel about Alan Turing.

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The tragic life of Alan Turing, unknown hero.

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    Comments about Fall of Man in Wilmslow:

    A novel based on the life of Alan Turing, a mathematical genius, whose invention helped to end WW2 and save thousands of lives. The secrecy of his work and private life ended in tragedy. Adding another layer of secrecy is the fictional detective searching for reasons behind Turing's death amid the onset of the Cold War.

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    Has the faintest whiff of W.G. Sebald; haunted characters determined to pull others down into turbid, oppressive currents of memory and ideas. You are willingly drawn down with them -- Spectator

    Lagercrantz neatly intertwines the facts of Turing's life with the fiction of Corell's quest for knowledge to create an unsettling story of state secrets and sexual hypocrisy -- Sunday Times

    Absorbing . . . Gets the synapses sparking . . . Lagercrantz is at home with a damaged hero who has more of an affinity with computers than humans -- Sunday Telegraph

    A persuasive evocation of Turing's genius and of a Britain still suffering under rationing and repression -- Daily Mail

    Perhaps the most signal achievement here is the clever melding of two narrative forms: a sympathetic biography of a real historical figure treated appallingly by the establishment, and a police procedural in which a dogged copper tries to crack a mystery in the teeth of bloody-minded intransigence -- Independent

    Lagercrantz is perceptive in his treatment of the tragic Turing . . . Perhaps the most signal achievement here is the clever melding of two narrative forms: a sympathetic biography of a real historical figure treated appallingly by the establishment, and a police procedural in which a dogged copper tries to crack a mystery in the teeth of bloody-minded intransigence -- Independent

    ISBN: 9781848668935
    ISBN-10: 1848668937
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 368
    Published: 13th December 2016
    Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 2.3
    Weight (kg): 0.2
    Edition Number: 1