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House of Spies

St Ermin's Hotel, the London Base of British Espionage

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Paperback edition of the first book to reveal the secret history of St Ermin's Hotel, the meeting point for many spies and their handlers from the Second World War to the Cold War. St Ermin's Hotel has been at the centre of British intelligence since the 1930s, when it was known to MI6 as 'The Works Canteen'. Intelligence officers such as Ian Fleming and Noel Coward were to be found in the hotel's Caxton Bar, along with other less well-known names. Winston Churchill allegedly conceived the idea of the Special Operations Executive there over a glass (or two) of his favourite champagne in the early days of the Second World War, and the operation was started up in three gloomy rooms on the hotel's second floor, with the traitorous Cambridge Spies among its founders. When Stalin's Russia turned to a peacetime enemy in the Cold War that followed, Kim Philby and Guy Burgess handed over intelligence to their Russian counterparts in the dark corners of the hotel, while MI6 man George Blake operated as a Soviet double agent just across the road in Artillery Mansions. Meanwhile, St Ermin's proximity to government offices ensured its continued use by both domestic and foreign secret agents. In this first book on St Ermin's, Peter Matthews, a witness to the intelligence battle for supremacy between MI5, MI6 and the KGB, explores this remarkable true history that is more riveting than any spy novel. AUTHOR: Peter Matthews is Secretary of the Foreign Press Association and regularly works with a wide range of international journalists. He has written numerous articles on military history and international relations. He served in the Army in Berlin post-WW2 and developed an active interest and role in Signals Intelligence. He is currently completing a PhD in European Studies and is working with the Imperial War Museum. SELLING POINTS: Hardback has sold over 1,500 copies to the trade Official endorsement and backing from the hotel and use of its archives Promotion on the hotel's website and mailshots to their 22,000 subscribers Will appeal to both London history buffs and fans of espionage non-fiction Author is an authority in the genre 20 mono illustrations

Product code: 9780750984164

ISBN 9780750984164
Publisher The History Press Ltd
No. Of Pages 288
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW129
In this paperback edition of the first book on St Ermin's, Peter Matthews, a witness to the intelligence battle for supremacy between MI5, MI6 and the KGB, explores this remarkable true history that is more riveting than any spy novel.