The Code of Love by Andro Linklater

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For fifty years, Pamela Kirrage longed to unlock the secrets of her husband’s encrypted war diary. She was on the verge of giving up when she at last found a mathematician who became as obsessed with learning the secrets of the diary as she was. After months of painstaking investigation, he was finally able to crack the code, and in the process uncover the ending to an extraordinary World War II romance.

Pamela fell in love with RAF pilot Donald Hill in the summer of 1939, just a few months before he was sent to fight in Pacific. Although they planned to marry soon, Donald was captured after siege of Hong Kong and spent the next four years in a Japanese POW camp. Donald ultimately returned to Pamela, but he was never able to tell her about those lost years–and Pamela became convinced that the key to their happiness lay within the mysterious diary he brought back from the war. In The Code of Love Andro Linklater uses the decoded diary as well as extensive research and interviews to paint a vivid portrait of the World War II era, turning this dramatic love story into an inspiring, unconventional epic.

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About Andro Linklater

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Andro Linklater is the author of Measuring America: How an Untamed Wilderness Shaped the United States and Fulfilled the Promise of Democracy as well as The Code of Love and several other books. He lives in England.
Published February 20, 2009 by Anchor. 316 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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(Flight Officer Donald showed many symptoms, notably the last.) At home, Pam cooked tiffin for secret agents at Woburn Abbey by day and danced by night with the charmer who wrote powerful ditties like “These Foolish Things” and the mighty one about that nightingale singing in Berkeley Square.

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""I feel that now I can let myself die,"" whispered a frail and elderly Pamela Kirrage Hill in the spring of 2000 upon seeing the British edition of this book.

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It would be hard for a reader not to do these things, because THE CODE OF LOVE is, just as it's title suggests, an astonishing true tale of secrets, love, and war.

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