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

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


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. And now, Matthew Sweet's West End Front is just as teeming with the incredible cast of characters from this unique period of London's history. 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 Winston Churchill's private bottle of whisky; the East End Communist who marched with his comrades into the air-raid shelter of the Savoy; 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the memories of first-hand witnesses, the contents of newly declassified government files and a wealth of previously unpublished letters, memoirs and photographs, he has reconstructed a lost world of scandal, intrigue and fortitude.

Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, has never forgiven his parents for inexplicably abandoning him to distant relatives as a child. Nevertheless, when he receives word that the stranger he calls Mother is gravely ill, the unabashed rogue makes a rare return to Montcliff, his country estate. There he finds that the woman is perfectly healthy and that he has fallen for a cunning ruse crafted by her lady s companion, Mrs. Camilla Stuart. The lively vicar s widow, too bright and beautiful not to arouse the scoundrel in Pierce, is determined to reconcile the Earl and Lady Devonmont. None of them can predict the secrets, both heartening and shocking, divulged between a mother and son, and between two lovers, each haunted by their pasts, that will make The West End Front: The Wartime Secrets of London's Grand Hotels ebook pdf Christmas night at Montcliff one to remember and the glorious night after, one to treasure for a lifetime."

Author: Matthew Sweet
Number of Pages: 384 pages
Published Date: 03 Nov 2011
Publisher: FABER & FABER
Publication Country: London, United Kingdom
Language: English
ISBN: 9780571234776
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