The West End Front The Wartime Secrets of London's Grand Hotels

by Matthew Sweet

Biography / Autobiography History

The West End Front The Wartime Secrets of London's Grand Hotels Synopsis

The Ritz, the Savoy, the Dorchester and Claridge's - during the Second World War they teemed with spies, con-artists, deposed royals and the exiled governments of Europe. Meet the girl from MI5 who had the gravy browning licked from her legs by Dylan Thomas; the barman who was appointed the keeper of Churchill's private bottle of whisky; the East End Communist who marched with his comrades into the air-raid shelter of the Savoy; and, the throneless prince born in a suite at Claridge's declared Yugoslav territory for one night only. Matthew Sweet has interviewed them all for this account of the extraordinary events that unfolded under the reinforced ceilings of London's grand hotels. Using the memories of first-hand witnesses, the contents of newly declassified government files and a wealth of previously unpublished letters, memoirs and photographs, he has reconstructed a lost world of scandal, intrigue and fortitude.

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ISBN: 9780571234776
Publication date: 03/11/2011
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9780571234776
Publication date: 3rd November 2011
Author: Matthew Sweet
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Hardback
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, History,
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About Matthew Sweet

Matthew Sweet presents Night Waves and Freethinking on BBC Radio 3, and is the summer presenter of The Film Programme on Radio Four. He is the author of Inventing the Victorians and Shepperton Babylon, which he adapted as a film for BBC Four. His TV programmes include Silent Britain, A Brief History of Fun, The Age of Excess, Truly, Madly, Cheaply and The Rules of Film Noir.   Author photo © Lisa Bowerman

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