'Something strange occurs to guests as soon as they check in. Even if in real life they are perfectly well-mannered, decent people with proper balanced relationships, as soon as they spin through the revolving hotel doors the normal rules of behaviour no longer seem to apply.' All of the following is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the guilty. All the anecdotes, the stories, the characters, the situations, the highs, the lows, the scams, the drugs, the misery, the love, the death and the insanity are exactly as was told by Anonymous - someone who has spent his whole career working in hotels at the heart of London's luxury hotel industry. However, for legal reasons, the stories now take place in a fictitious hotel known as Hotel Babylon. More than a decade is compressed into a day. Everything else is as it should be. The rich spend money, the hotel makes money and the chambermaids still fight the bellboys over a two-pound coin. It's just another twenty-four hours in an expensive London hotel.
Imogen Edwards-Jones is the co-author of the bestselling Hotel Babylon, Air Babylon and Fashion Babylon as well as author of The Stork Club and The Taming of Eagles. Her fiction includes My Canape Hell, Shagpile, The Wendy House and Tuscany for Beginners. Her new book, Beach Babylon, is now available from Bantam Press. Imogen lives in west London with her husband and their baby daughter. Anonymous is the manager of a luxurious central London hotel.