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Book Butler

1st July 2019

The Athenaeum’s Book Butler service brings our guests the latest books, thanks to our partnership with the globally renowned publisher, Pan Macmillan. When you stay with us, call on our Book Butler to receive complimentary copies of the latest books. Even if you don’t manage to finish the book during your stay, you’re welcome to take it away with you and return it the next time you visit!

Book for July: The Butterfly Room


Our Book Butler’s book choice for July is The Butterfly Room by Lucinda Riley. This multi-generational novel joins Posy Montague in her glorious home – Admiral House – in the Suffolk countryside. The house is full of memories for the almost 70 year old Posy, as this is where she spent her idyllic childhood, with memories of catching butterflies with her father ever-present in her mind. She brought up her own family in Admiral House too. But after all this time, the house is in dire need of some work, and Posy knows it’s time to sell up and move on.


As well as the heartache caused by having to make this difficult decision, Posy also feels the burden of one son’s incompetent business dealings, and is confused by her other son’s sudden return to England from Australia. And then Freddie reappears in Posy’s life too. As her first love who abandoned her fifty years ago, Posy is finding it difficult to believe Freddie’s affection is genuine. But that’s not all Posy will have to cope with, as both Freddie and Admiral House have a calamitous secret they’re about to reveal…


Irish-born Lucinda Riley began her career as an actress across film, television and theatre before becoming an author. She is now a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has sold more than 10 million books worldwide.


Call on our Book Butler when you visit The Athenaeum and get lost with us in the world of books!


“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” – Garrison Keillor

The Butterfly Room

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