Monday February 17, 2020

An ambitious but baffling take on the Turing tale

fiction: Fall of Man in Wilmslow. By David Lagercrantz. Translated by George Goulding. MacLehose, €19. Reviewed by Kevin Power

7th June, 2015
Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game

The story of Alan Turing is one of the great and singular tragedies of the 20th century. A gifted mathematician, one of the founders of computer science, and the recipient of an OBE in 1945 for his services to the WWII codebreaking station at Bletchley Park, Turing was also gay at a time when homosexuality was a criminal offence.

In 1952, Turing was prosecuted for criminal behaviour and subjected to chemical castration – oestrogen injections that...

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