In-house reading expert to offer ‘bibliotherapy’

From April 14 to 28, London’s Andaz hotel will host the world’s first reader-in-residence.

Guests will be able to book author and journalist Damian Barr to read to them in their room, over the phone or over a breakfast, lunch or dinner in one of the hotel’s five restaurants.

Guests can choose from a carefully selected Book Menu and can consult Barr for what he calls “bibliotherapy”: “Basically I’ll talk to guests and find out what they love or loathe reading.”


He says. “I’ll diagnose their needs and prescribe appropriate texts: revive travel-worn senses with a sumptuous Georgette Heyer, enjoy a classy giggle with Nancy Mitford or some glamorous gangsters with Jake Arnott.”

Barr’s residency takes place during the biggest date in the publishing calendar: London Book Fair. To celebrate the end of the residency, Damian will be hosting a read-in in the spirit of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s bed-in at the Amsterdam Hilton.

Guests, friends of the hotel and anyone needing a place to read are invited to bring their favourite book to the snug in the hotel’s pub, The George, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 27.

The five-star Andaz hotel, just next to London’s Liverpool Station, is a new concept hotel offering “casual luxury,” intended to create a more friendly, personalized experience.

Check-in is via a handheld PC rather than at a front desk, the lobby is a “living room” with coffee and wine, and instead of a concierge there’s a “living room host” to look after your every need.

During the residency from April 14 to 28 the Andaz will offer a special weekend rate of £140 a night including breakfast, WiFi, laundry, movies, local calls and healthy mini bar.

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