Book Review: Fall of man in Wilmslow, by David Lagercrantz

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This is a novel about the death, and life, of Alan Turing. It’s been well translated from thecv_fall_of_man_in_wilmslow original Swedish and it’s quite an engaging read.

At first I was a bit offput by the tone – the early chapters reflect the homophobic feelings which abounded at the time – but I persevered as I considered that there must be more than that, and there is.

Essentially it’s a detective story – the young Oxbridge-educated detective constable Leonard Corell who is to investigate the apparent suicide of Turing finds himself fascinated by the Enigma connections, and his own abilities in maths and logic serve him well as he becomes involved in more than just the case.

There’s a great deal about Bletchley Park, Enigma, and the cold war, and if you have seen or read The Imitation Game or Enigma you’ll find it very familiar territory. That said, it’s well-enough written to hold your attention even if you know the story.

Fall of man in Wilmslow
by David Lagercrantz
Published by Quercus Publishing
ISBN 9781848668911
(Distributed by Hachette)