ELISA SEGRAVE is a writer, and is the leader and creator of “Celebrating Bletchley Park” where she will be the event host.
Elisa’s mother, Anne Hamilton-Grace, was an indexer in Hut 3, then was promoted to fourth Naval Duty Officer during the lead-up to and during Operation Torch, the Allied Invasion of North Africa in November 1942.
Anne’s extensive diaries, which began in 1930 and ended in 1953, informed Elisa’s book The Girl from Station X — My Mother’s Unknown Life which extends beyond the War effort into a portrait of life during that period different from most other histories.
She published her first book in 1995, after her divorce. The Diary of a Breast was one of the first memoirs of cancer, and is a black comedy about Elisa’s experience. Soon after, she published a novel Ten Men, also with Faber. Elisa has kept a daily diary since she was sixteen. She hopes to publish her diaries but is afraid of libel.