This is a book about the people one might have met in Turing’s Manchester.
It records the patronage of older men, triumphant from the successful prosecution of a scientific war, who could provide time to think and valves to think with; book-chats with a frustrated but sharply literary housewife and board-game sessions with young academic families; lunchtime speculations with the botanist hungry for a systematic biology and with the chemist refugee from totalitarianism who abhorred systematisation of science; the successful brain surgeon whose pomposity camouflaged unignorable fears; the proud inheritors of a local but world-class engineering tradition, still gruffly defensive about class; the younger men – and women – learning to become the first generation of hackers and futurists; the grammar schoolboy runner and, albeit on the margins of the historical record, the young working class men of the Oxford Road cruising sites. There are marginal glimpses too of those one might not have met: the Special Branch bag searchers, the MI5 analysts, the GCHQ code-breakers.
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Infang Publishing