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SUMMARY The West End Front: The Wartime Secrets of London's Grand Hotels î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ 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 MatthewThe 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 uniue period of London s historyMeet the girl from MI who had the gravy browning. This is the sort of book you give to that person who has everything at Christmas It is pretty much boring all about how the rich survived during the war and they survived very well indeed visiting hotels nightclubs and restaurants and being kowtowed to as they always had been by staff who went home to lives made miserable and hard with the shortages of war So why is this an ideal present Because when it isn t pissing you off it s boring So it isn t going to sell well and will be on the This is the sort of book you give to that person who has everything at Christmas It is pretty much boring all about how the rich survived during the war and they survived very well indeed visiting hotels nightclubs and restaurants and being kowtowed to as they always had been by staff who went home to lives made miserable and hard with the shortages of war So why is this an ideal present Because when it isn t pissing you off it s boring So it isn t going to sell well and will be on the remainder list by November Then you ll be able to get a nice shiny impressive looking hardback for just a couple of uid to give to that person who has everything And he will no doubt identify with the patrons rather than the staff in the book and will think what a great gift you chose view spoiler Women never have everything There s always chocolates can t have too many of them or bags perfume love toys silky undies you know hide spoiler However I don t blame the author for this rather milk and water book I think he chose the wrong subject and his other books might be a great deal better25 stars it was ok but didn t have any enthralling or unputdownable moments I rounded it up to 3 stars because there was a certain amount of fascination with the way people coddle and cocoon the rich and pretend they really are a higher form of life view spoiler think film stars vapid heiresses footballers and WAGS and those leftovers of another era the aristocracy hide spoiler in order to part them from their money And just how the rich swallow all this arse licking guffery and believe they really are a higher form of life and it behooves them to be generous with their largesse Actually they really do know that they only get treated like that because of their money but if they admitted that even to themselves they d have to let go of the notion they are somehow special so they don t

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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. Genuinely fascinating stories but also just brilliantly written The author has an incredible turn of phrase which made me laugh out loud pretty constantly

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The West End Front The Wartime Secrets of London's Grand HotelsAll for this account of the extraordinary events that unfolded under the reinforced ceilings of London s grand hotelsUsing 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. This is the third Matthew Sweet book I have read and is as interesting and well written as the previous two Like those it teases out the forgotten or mythical history of a period or place In this case the luxury hotels of London s West End There are stories of the straight and the gay men and women heroes and traitors and Kings and Communists Class matters in this book Each chapter deals with a particular subject and is well researched including interviews with people who were invol This is the third Matthew Sweet book I have read and is as interesting and well written as the previous two Like those it teases out the forgotten or mythical history of a period or place In this case the luxury hotels of London s West End There are stories of the straight and the gay men and women heroes and traitors and Kings and Communists Class matters in this book Each chapter deals with a particular subject and is well researched including interviews with people who were involved in the events he is describing He s good at reminding us in some chapters about the darker aspects of what happened in the hotels such as murders and illegal abortions The chapter that is mainly about Stella Lonsdale is particularly good at trying to find out what was really going on behind her story and reminding us of the cost of her possible betrayal Also it is always good to find a book about World War Two that doesn t skirt the fact that there was a lot of sex going on I laughed at this uote They were rehearsing in a hotel ballroom when Churchill declared Victory in Europe It was a raucous joyous unforgettable evening the ships sirens brayed and hooted all night in Southampton Water Joyce woke up on the first morning of the peace and watched the gardener picking discarded condoms from the rose bushes You don t get scenes like that in most films and television about World War Two do you Great fun to read and packed full of stories waiting to be expanded on