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Release day: The Codebreakers

3 March 2021

Today is the official release of The Codebreakers by Alli Sinclair (print and ebook, MIRA). Here’s the blurb:

They will dedicate their lives to their country, but no one will ever know…

A compelling story about tenacity and friendship, inspired by the real codebreaking women of Australia’s top-secret Central Bureau in WWII.

1943, Brisbane: The war continues to devastate and the battle for the Pacific threatens Australian shores. For Ellie O’Sullivan, helping the war effort means utilising her engineering skills for Qantas as they evacuate civilians and deliver supplies to armed forces overseas. Her exceptional logic and integrity attract the attention of Central Bureau – an intelligence organisation working with England’s Bletchley Park codebreakers. But joining Central Bureau means signing a lifetime secrecy contract. Breaking it is treason.

With her country’s freedom at risk, Ellie works with a group of elite women who enter a world of volatile secrets; deciphering enemy communications to change the course of the war. Working under immense pressure, they form a close bond – yet there could be a traitor in their midst. Can the women uncover the culprit before it’s too late?

As Ellie struggles with the magnitude of the promise she’s made to her country, a wedge grows between her and those she holds dear. When the man she loves asks questions she’s forbidden to answer, how will she prevent the double life she’s leading from unravelling?

Alli dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

The Codebreakers is inspired by the real-life women who worked for Australia’s top-secret intelligence organisation in WWII. They worked in a small garage at the back of a mansion in suburban Brisbane and none of the neighbours had any idea some of the Allied nation’s most volatile secrets were being created and discovered right across the road from them! Ellie and the other women in The Codebreakers were inspired by the real-life codebreakers. I had the pleasure of meeting them as part of my research, which helped me bring authenticity to the story and characters. I’ve also started filming a documentary about the real-life codebreakers and this should be aired next year. And, of course, in The Codebreakers there are a couple of romances within the story, including one that was conducted in code!

You can find out more about this book at Alli’s website or buy it from Amazon or Kobo.

One Comment
  1. 4 March 2021 7:37 am

    Huge congrats Alli!

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