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Fall of Man in Wilmslow - David Lagercrantz

Fall of Man in Wilmslow - David Lagercrantz

Title: Fall of Man in Wilmslow

Author:  David Lagercrantz

ISBN:  9780857059895

Weight:  867 g

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Fall of Man in Wilmslow by David Lagercrantz

A powerful tale of honour, prejudice and the twentieth century’s most maltreated hero.

Leonard Corell, a detective sergeant in the sleepy town of Wilmslow, is disillusioned with his lot.  Trapped between professional stagnation and personal repression, he can’t even work up the courage to ask out Julie, the pretty assistant at the tailor’s.

Tasked with investigating the suicide of a local recluse, Alan Turing, Corell is torn between admiration for the dead man’s genius and disgust for his sexuality.  In the face of opposition from his superiors, Corell continues to investigate the open-and-shut case, stumbling across forbidden knowledge about the marvels of Bletchley Park, and the horrors of its hero’s downfall.

As this succession of remarkable discoveries drives Corell to examine his own prejudice, he is rocked by two startling developments.  His much-loved Aunt Vicky is exposed as a lesbian, and his increasingly hostile bosses are demanding he investigate rumours of homosexual activity in Wilmslow.  To make matters worse, it seems Corell’s questions might be answered sooner than he imagined…

Peer & Press Reviews

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.

Nick Rennison, 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.

Jake Kerridge, Sunday Telegraph

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.

Barry Forshaw, Independent

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Fall of Man in Wilmslow
Sub title: The Death and Life of Alan Turing: A Novel
Translator: George Goulding
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Dated: 14/4 - 15 [14 April 2015 - prepublication]
Located: London
Book Stats
Publisher: Quercus
Imprint: MacLehose Press
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9780857059895
ISBN 10: 0857059890
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 366
Size (h x w x d): 242 x 161 x 34mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph: Caroline Andersson
Jacket design: James Nunn

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