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Literary Lunch with Charles Spicer - 20 February 2024

Literary Lunch with Charles Spicer - 20 February 2024

Tuesday, 20 February 2024
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Location: Christopher Wren Dining Room, Ye Olde Watling Pub, 29 Watling Road, London EC4M 9BR

Join us for our next Literary Lunch at the historic Ye Olde Watling pub where we will hear from author Charles Spicer.

Charles Spicer’s debut title, Coffee with Hitler: The British Amateurs Who Tried to Civilise the Nazis, was published in September 2022.


Coffee with Hitler tells the astounding true story of a handful of amateur British intelligence agents who wined, dined and befriended the leading National Socialists between the wars. With support from royalty, aristocracy, politicians and businessmen, they hoped to use the much mythologised Anglo-German Fellowship as a vehicle to civilise the Nazis. A pacifist Welsh historian, a Great War flying ace, a butterfly-collecting businessman... Coffee With Hitler offers a rare glimpse into a motley crew who would provide the British government with better intelligence on the horrifying rise of the Nazis than anyone else.

Drawing on newly discovered primary sources, Charles Spicer sheds light on the early career of Kim Philby, Winston Churchill’s approach to appeasement, the US entry into the war and the Rudolf Hess affair, in a groundbreaking reassessment of Britain's relationship with Nazi Germany.

The cost of this lunchtime event, which starts at 1.00pm, is just £35 and includes a traditional two-course lunch, as well as the after-lunch interview with Charles Spicer and Upper Warden Paul Wilson. We are restricted to 35 attendees, so please book early to avoid disappointment.