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The West End Front: The Wartime Secrets of London's Grand Hotels Hardcover – 3 Nov 2011

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (3 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571234771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571234776
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Matthew Sweet's curiosity and sense of fun pulls back the heavy baize curtains on what we thought we knew about the war. As intoxicating as a glass of champagne at the Cafe de Paris.' --Linda Grant

'A scandalously enjoyable account of lives, losses and inconsiderate love-making, 'The West End Front' boasts a visitors' book like no other. From the egregious con man Sir Curtis Lampson to the louche inhabitants of the 'Pink Sink' bar, Fifth columnists, communists, spies, spivs, charlatans and deposed monarchs, they're all here, somehow keeping their crumpets buttered and their dignity intact during the worst excesses of the Ritzkrieg. Delightfully gossipy and often moving, it shines an affectionate search-light on an entirely forgotten chapter of World War Two.' --Mark Gatiss

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In The West End Front, Matthew Sweet draws a sumptuous, witty and eye-opening history of the Ritz, the Savoy, the Dorchester and Claridge's - and the eccentrics, stars, aristocrats and criminals living in London's grand hotels during the Blitz.

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