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The Reader In Residence is Back at Andaz London

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March 27, 2009 at 10:27 AM | by | ()

He’s back! We’ve written before about how much we loved Damian Barr and his Reader in Residence service at Andaz London, where he lived in the hotel for two weeks and simply read to guests in their rooms. We were very sad when his term of office finished last year, and he left Andaz to reside and read around the rest of the world.

So we had a little squeal of delight when an email popped up from the Andaz saying that Damian was back from April 17th (though sadly for one week only) to coincide with London Book Fair. We don’t know much about the London Book Fair, but we do know that we’ll be hanging round the Andaz in the hope of a read-in.

There’s an emphasis on “food-related reading” this year, apparently – think foody parts of novels, rather than cookbooks. And there will be a book menu for you to choose from, going from “worthy to trashy, as well as some classic comfort reads.” If none of them appeal, he’ll read you your own. And hopefully you’ll feel better by the end of it – Barr swears by the power of “bibliotherapy”.

If the bedroom’s too intimate, he can read to you in any of the public spaces of the hotel. Although the room is definitely best. Not only do you risk making Damian blush by summoning him in his (striped) pajama uniform to the busy bits, but it might feel a little embarrassing falling asleep in the bar (we tried out the service last year, and passed out after about 10 minutes).

To cap it all, they’re running a special weekend rate of £140 including wifi, laundry, local calls and alco-free minibar. We’re compiling our reading list this weekend.

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