The Century Girls is Tessa's brand new book and a Sunday Times best seller - it features the stories of six extraordinary women all born in 1918 or before - this is the history of Britain told through their lives.

Welcome to the world of Ann, Edna, Olive, Joyce, Phyllis and Helena.







Tessa’s second book The Bletchley Girls was published by Hodder and Stoughton on the 8th January 2015. It has been featured and reviewed extensively on TV, Radio and print in Britain, Ireland, Spain, Australia, New Zealand etc.

The Bletchley Girls weaves together the lives of fifteen women who were all selected to work in Britain’s most secret organisation – Bletchley Park. It is their story, told in their voices; Tessa met and talked to 15 veterans during the course of 2014, often visiting them several times. Firm friendships were made as their epic journey unfolded on paper.

The scale of female involvement in Britain during the Second World War wasn’t matched in any other country. From 8 million working women just over 7000 were hand-picked to work at Bletchley Park and its outstations. There had always been girls at the Park but soon they outnumbered the men three to one.

A refugee from Belgium, a Scottish debutante, a Jewish 14-year-old, and a factory worker from Northamptonshire – the Bletchley Girls confound stereotypes. But they all have one common bond, the war and their highly confidential part in it. In the middle of the night, hunched over meaningless pieces of paper, tending mind-blowing machines, sitting listening for hours on end, theirs was invariably confusing, monotonous and meticulous work, about which they could not breathe a word.

By meeting and talking to these fascinating female secret-keepers who are still alive today, Tessa Dunlop captures their extraordinary journeys into an adult world of war, secrecy, love and loss. Through the voices of the women themselves, this is a portrait of life at Bletchley Park beyond the celebrated code-breakers, it’s the story of the girls behind Britain’s ability to consistently out-smart the enemy, and an insight into the women they have become.

To buy The Bletchley Girls from Amazon click here.

Tessa's first book, a memoir To Romania With Love was published by Quartet Books on the 31st May 2012. She first went to Romania aged eighteen shortly after the Revolution. Her memoir is the story of how one young Romanian boy and his country changed her life forever. To Romania with Love was featured in The Daily Mail, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph's Stella Magazine, The Herald, Radio 4 Woman's Hour, Radio 5 Men's Hour and on numerous regional radio stations and publications.

You can buy it here from Amazon.

'To Romania With Love is more than a snapshot of a strange country at a strange time; it is a vivid, impressionistic hymn to exuberance, of risks taken, of impulses acted upon. Humming with energy, it is at once touching and funny; a rare, brave and honest account of finding love and holding on to it' - Toby Clements, Daily Telegraph

To Romania With Love is an honest, personal sexy telling of a very unusual love story. Tessa is a compelling writer and an equally compelling heroine: a young woman torn between her ambition and her love, between her sense of tradition and her extremely unconventional nature. An extraordinary achievement' - Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Oscar-Winning Director of The Lives of Others

'A unique and unusual love story, strikingly told, To Romania With Love is a moving account of an impetuous British girl and her love for a young boy and his beleaguered country' - Hugo Vickers, Biographer and Historian

'Fiercely honest, this story of love across a continent, from one end of Europe to the other, is all the more compelling because it is true' - Professor Alice Roberts, TV Presenter and Author

Mai români decât românii? De ce îndragostec strainii de România. (More Romanian than Romanians? Why foreigners love Romania) was published in June 2013 by Polirom in Romania. Tessa is one of the contributors in this best-selling book in which she tells the story of how she fell in love with Romania.