The secrets of Y-Service to Aurum Press

Aurum Press has bought a biography about the service that monitored and intercepted the German military's radio traffic during the Second World War.

Publisher Graham Coster bought world English language rights to The Secret Listeners by Sinclair McKay in a deal with Ben Mason at Fox Mason. It tells the story of Y-Service, whose interceptions of German radio chatter were then deciphered by code breakers at Bletchley Park. The book will be published in 2013 and is a follow-up to McKay's The Secret Life of Bletchley Park, which was also published by Aurum.

Coster said: "The Secret Life of Bletchley Park proved the market for books about ordinary people’s lives being turned upside down in wartime, and this new book is the natural companion to it—the story of the people who intercepted those crucial military messages out in North Africa and the Middle East.

"Where the first book was set in the claustrophobic milieu of a Buckinghamshire mansion, The Secret Listeners has a colourful and exotic canvas stretching from Cairo to Colombo."