Sunday, 12 October 2014

Upcoming: IMITATION GAME by Andrew Hodges (Vintage/Princeton)

The Imitation Game, a movie based on Andrew Hodges’s Alan Turing: The Enigma received rave reviews and a ton of press coverage around the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). I’ve never read the book, sadly, but my interest has never been higher. Recently, the UK and US publishers unveiled their tie-in covers:

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I find it kind of amusing that the publishers have chosen to pose Benedict Cumberbatch facing different ways. (Although, given his international popularity and stature, I can’t help but think the UK cover will be more likely to shift copies to the actor’s massive fanbase…)

Here’s the book’s synopsis:

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, this is the official film tie-in for The Imitation Game, a the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

This film tie-in tells the true story behind the nail-biting race against time following Alan Turing (pioneer of modern-day computing and credited with cracking the German Enigma code) and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British establishment, but his work and legacy live on.

1954, aged 41, Alan Turing committed suicide and one of Britain’s greatest scientific minds was lost.

Alan Turing: The Enigma is published in the UK by Vintage Books and in the US by Princeton University Press. These editions will be out in November 2014, around the time the movie hits general release.

Here’s the latest trailer for the movie:

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