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  • Published: 18 April 2017
  • ISBN: 9781784872373
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $29.99

The Grand Babylon Hotel



An American millionaire buys an exclusive hotel on a whim, but soon discovers that shady dealings, secret passageways, kidnapping and murder lurk behind the expensive exteriors and aristocratic calm of the Grand Babylon Hotel.

Nella, daughter of millionaire Theodore Racksole, orders a dinner of steak and beer at the exclusive Grand Babylon Hotel in London. Her order is refused, so Theodore promptly buys the chef, the kitchen and the whole hotel. But when hotel staff begin to vanish and a German prince goes missing, Nella discovers that murder, blackmail and kidnapping are also on the menu. A rollicking murder mystery from one of the finest writers of the last century.

  • Published: 18 April 2017
  • ISBN: 9781784872373
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Arnold Bennett

Arnold Bennett was born in Hanley, Staffordshire, in 1867. After a secondary school education, he worked first for his father, a self-taught solicitor, and then moved to London as a shorthand clerk with a firm of solicitors. He began to write to make extra money and in 1893 became assistant editor and subsequently editor of the weekly magazine, Woman, reviewing books and writing articles on general subjects, something he continued to do all his life. His first novel, A Man From the North, appeared in 1898 and in 1900 he finished The Grand Babylon Hotel, published in 1902, and began Anna of the Five Towns (1902), in which he first started to use the Potteries of his boyhood as a setting for his novels. In these contrasting works, he also reveals his lifelong fascination for, on the one hand, the world's luxury and opulence, and on the other, puritanism and people who can endure hard work.

In 1903 Bennett moved to Paris and in 1907 he married a Frenchwoman (from whom he separated in 1921). The Old Wives' Tale (1908) was written in France and shows Bennet's main influences, the first being that of his own background and the second that of the French realists such as Flaubert, Maupassant and Balzac. In it, Bennett also reveals his own preoccupations with the effects of time and history on the lives of ordinary people.

This was followed by the Clayhanger trilogy: Clayhanger (1910), Hilda Lessways (1911) and These Twain (1916). His works also include several plays, two volumes of short stories and several other novels. He died in 1931.

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Praise for The Grand Babylon Hotel

Funny, undemanding... involves kidnapping, dilapidated central European royalty and redoubtable American millionairesses.

Guardian

Arnold Bennett is generally rather excellent

The Times

Criminally underrated

Felicity Cloake, Guardian