Annie Burman

Annie Burman is a PhD student in Classical linguistics. In addition to a BA and MPhil in Classics, she holds an MA in modern history, with gender at Bletchley Park as her specialty.

“A Pale Imitation: the new Turing biopic is a far cry from the fascinating truth”

One reason why Turing’s life is so convenient for biographical fiction is that with very little effort, it is possible to find a theme, a red thread, and not one but a number of major resolutions. There is no need to change things around, or to exclude large parts of his life in order to get a good story out of it. Reality outshines fiction at every turn.