Frog Music by Emma Donaghue kicks off the monthly offering to guests, spinning a wonderfully evocative novel of intrigue and murder. Frog Music marks Emma Donaghue’s first novel since her million-copy bestseller Room, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange Prizes.
Originally from Dublin and now living in Canada, Emma Donaghue is an internationally acclaimed author writing fiction ranging from the contemporary to historical. Fellow Irish writer, Colum McCann comments on Frog Music, “Emma Donaghue is one of the great literary ventriloquists of our time. Her imagination is kaleidoscopic. She steps borders and boundaries with great ease and style. In her hands the centuries dissolve, and then they crystallize back again into powerful words on the page.”
From April 2014 the hotel will work in partnership with Pan Macmillan to recommend a Book of the Month to guests. This unique Book Club will also allow showcasing opportunities for new works with meet the author events, book signings and readings. Hotel guests will be invited to leaf through at their leisure, or take away a complimentary copy courtesy of the hotel.
Centrally located on London's South Bank, the luxury 5* London Marriott Hotel County Hall Library is traditionally elegant with views overlooking Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the River Thames – the perfect spot in which to lose yourself in the hotel’s latest Book of the Month donation.
The hotel’s library is itself steeped in history as the original member’s library of the former Greater London Council. Bookcases made of English oak support the busts of writers and classical figures including Shakespeare, Milton, Agrippa, and Plato. The fireplace at the south end of the room hosts a carving by A.H. Wilkinson (1922) of ‘The truth reading aloud” depicting the plumed helmet of Minerva, ‘Goddess of the Arts’. Behind it is situated the original librarian’s office with a very narrow oak spiral staircase leading to the gallery above. The books housed in the Library today are mainly reference books covering such topics street lighting codes of 1929 to the compendium of organoleptic compounds.