Poor Old Alan Turing: Historical Inaccuracies in The Imitation Game by Someone Who Has Read the Book
Spoiler alert: don't read this piece before seeing The Imitation Game, if you want to keep what happens as a surprise. The writer is no respecter of secrets himself...
“First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you.”
(Sometimes attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, in fact the words were those of Nicholas Klein, a union activist, from 1918.)
Poor old Alan Turing! But spare some sympathy for Andrew Hodges. After reconstructing Turing's life so faithfully, and offering the most full and convincing portrait we're ever likely to have, the credits of The Imitation Game include the damning line – ‘Based on Alan Turing The Enigma by Andrew Hodges’. Screenplay writer Graham Moore will probably receive an Oscar for his efforts: Andrew Hodges might never work again.