Our Book Butler has put together their top five recommended reads for you this Winter.

  • Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen: the members of the Hildebrand family each find themselves at turning points in their lives and their decision will affect how they see themselves and each other. This is the portrait of the average midwestern family dealing with faith, social unrest, war and morality
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue: this is for our fantasy lovers. Addie is a young woman living in 1714 and headed for an unwanted marriage. In a desperate attempt to escape her destiny, she makes a deal with the devil to live forever. But at what cost? A journey that will take you across continents and history, this is the story of a girl trying to leave her mark on the world.
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier: a young woman falls for rich Englishman Maxime de Winter and moves to his lavish estate in Cornwall to start her new life. Soon, the new Mrs de Winter discovers that everything and everyone is still haunted by the memory of Rebecca, the first Mrs de Winter.
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: it follows Marie-Laure, a blind girl, and Werner, a German orphan, as they attempt to survive throughout the years of WWII on two different sides of the conflict.
  • Yellowface by R.F. Kuang: when rising star of the literary scene Athena dies, June steals her newest manuscript and publishes it under an ambiguous name. Set in the cutthroat world of publishing, through dark humor the author comments on issues such as diversity, racism, cultural appropriation and the role of social media in the determination of our self-worth.

Butlers for books was introduced to University Arms at the end of 2022. Guests are able to sit down with a Book Butler over a tea or coffee, and discuss their literary interests, preferred authors and themes. The Book Butler will then hand pick a selection of books from our Heywood Hill curated library to be hand delivered to the guest’s room or suite on a silver platter.