The Duchess of Cornwall shared her reading recommendations as she launched her online book club on Friday.
Camilla, 73, spoke of her love of literature as the Reading Room’s first four titles were announced, saying reading was a “great adventure” that allowed people to laugh and cry with a good book.
Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror And The Light have been picked by the Duchess alongside William Boyd’s Restless, Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak.
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In a video to welcome readers to her Instagram-based Reading Room, Camilla said: “To me, reading is a great adventure. I’ve loved it since I was very small and I’d love everybody else to enjoy it as much as I do.
“You can escape, and you can travel, and you can laugh and you can cry. There’s every type of emotion humans experience in a book.”
Camilla’s latest project comes after she first shared her reading recommendations during the first national lockdown in April 2020. She also shared her summer reading list in August to give royal fans inspiration over the holidays.
It was the positive letters she received from across the globe in reaction, that encouraged the Duchess to create the Reading Room, to encourage book fans of all ages to discover new writers and create a hub for literary communities to connect.
Related Slideshow: Prince Charles and Camilla through the years (Provided by Photo Services)
Charles, Prince of Wales, is the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II and the heir to the British throne. Also known as the duke of Cornwall since 1952, he married Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005 – giving her the title of duchess of Cornwall.
Take a look at some of their adorable pictures through the years.
(Pictured) The couple leaving The Ritz Hotel In London, England, after a 50th birthday party for her sister, Annabel, on Jan. 28, 1999.
At the Albery Theatre in London, having attended a performance of the play “Quartet,” on Nov. 2, 1999.
At the Queen’s Theatre in London, on Jan. 17, 2000.
At a reception at the headquarters of The Prince of Wales’ Charitable Foundation in Hoxton, London, on June 20, 2000.
During a fashion show at Waddesdon Manor, England, on June 11, 2001.
Camilla, in her official role as patron of the National Osteoporosis Society, welcoming Charles, Prince of Wales at Somerset House in London, on June 26, 2001.
At the St James’s Palace Christmas party at The Ritz in London, on Dec. 19, 2001.
Leave St Mary’s Church at Sandringham in Norfolk, England, on March 17, 2002.
At The Ritz London on Nov. 14, 2002.
Seen in Charles, Prince of Wales’ Aston Martin car in an unspecified location on June 28, 2003.
At the after party for the “Fashion Rocks” concert and fashion show to benefit the Prince’s Trust in London, on Oct. 15, 2003.
During a garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, on June 1, 2004.
At Marlborough, England, to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the town on June 18, 2004.
At the annual Mey Highland Games in Scotland, on Aug. 7, 2004.
The duo talks with Al Pacino (L) at the Royal European Charity Premiere of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice,” at the Odeon in London on Nov. 29, 2004.
At a party at Windsor Castle, after announcing their engagement earlier, on Feb. 10, 2005.
Departing from the civil ceremony where they were legally married, at the Guildhall in London, on April 9, 2005.
Pose for the Official Wedding photograph with their children and parents (L-R) Prince Harry, Prince William, Tom and Laura Parker-Bowles. Front: Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II and Bruce Shand, in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle following their marriage, on April 9, 2005.
The couple in their role as the duke and duchess of Rothesay, take time out from their honeymoon at Birkhall on the Queen’s Aberdeenshire estate, undertake their first joint official engagement opening Monaltrie Park children’s playground in Ballater, Scotland, on April 14, 2005.
The prince of Wales wins a prize and a kiss from his wife after a polo game at Cirencester, England, on June 17, 2005.
Aboard HMS Scott, watch the International Fleet Review at Portsmouth, England, held to mark the 200 anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, on June 28, 2005.
With Charles’ son Prince Harry (R) to attend the flypast of British and US World War II aircraft over the Mall, from the Buckingham Palace balcony in London on National Commemoration Day, on July 10, 2005.
Meet a touring troupe of Maasai warriors at the Suffolk village of Lavenham, England, on July 22, 2005.
In their role as the duke and duchess of Rothesay, unveil a memorial to the late Queen Mother after attending Sunday church service at Canisbay Church in Scotland, on Aug. 6, 2006.
At the film premiere of “The History Boys” at the Odeon cinema in London on Oct. 2, 2006.
Charles, Prince of Wales, plays snooker as Camilla looks on during their visit to the Jubilee Institute at Rothbury, England, on Nov. 9, 2006.
Charles, in his uniform as Colonel in Chief of the Welsh Guards, as he and Camilla meet the members of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards on peacekeeping duties on St. David’s Day, in Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina, on March 1, 2007.
With Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II at the Serena Hotel for The Queen’s Banquet for Commonwealth Heads of Government in Kampala, Uganda, on Nov. 23, 2007.
The couple cross the source of the White Nile river in a pleasure boat in Jinja, Uganda, on Nov. 24, 2007.
The couple play bongo drums as they join a group of musicians at Bob Marley’s former home, now a museum, in Kingston, Jamaica, on March 12, 2008.
Attend the Mey Highland Games in Caithness, Scotland, on Aug. 9, 2008.
At the Tōdai-ji temple, in Nara, Japan, on Oct. 29, 2008.
The couple meet Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, on April 27, 2009.
Outside their welsh property Llwynywermod, in Llandovery, Wales, before a drinks reception on June 22, 2009.
Attend a Remembrance Day Service at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada, on Nov. 11, 2009. This was the duchess’ fist official visit to the country.
Charles pushes his wife Camilla in her wheelchair (after she broke her leg while walking in Scotland), as they attend the production premiere of “Aida” at The Royal Opera House, in London, on April 27, 2010.
The couple walk down the steps to the beach as they visit St Michael’s Mount, in Marazion, England, on July 12, 2010.
The couple meet Barry Humphries aka Dame Edna Everage and musician Paloma Faith at The Prince’s Trust Rock Gala 2010 at The Royal Albert Hall in London, on Nov. 17.
Camilla is presented with a traditional Maasai necklace as Charles looks on during a visit to Majengo Maasai Boma in Arusha, Tanzania, on Nov. 9, 2011.
The couple join children in producing artwork during a visit to the Dulwich Picture Gallery in Dulwich, England, on March 15, 2012.
The couple hold koalas at Government House in Adelaide, Australia, on Nov. 7, 2012 .
The couple pose with masks as they host a reception for the Elephant Family, a charity working to save the Asian Elephant from extinction in the wild, at Clarence House in London, on July 9, 2013.
Pictured while cutting a birthday cake on Camilla’s 66th birthday, during a walkabout on a visit to Lostwithiel, England, on July 17, 2013.
During an official visit to King’s College Hospital in London, on Jan. 23, 2014. The duchess of Cornwall was making her first visit back to the hospital since being born there.
At Halifax airport, in Goffs, Canada at the start of the Royal Tour, on May 18, 2014.
Attending Day 2 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse in England, on June 18, 2014.
With Prince William and Prince Harry at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games at Olympic Park in London, on Sept. 10, 2014.
Sampling Colombian coffee during a visit to a culinary school in Bogotá, Colombia, on Oct. 29, 2014.
Pictured while touring the Village Bakery in Wrexham, Wales, on July 7, 2015.
With the other members of the royal family during the Trooping the Colour on June 13, 2015. The ceremony is Queen Elizabeth II’s annual birthday parade.
Touring the old town of Mdina in Malta, on Nov. 28, 2015.
The couple are presented with gifts as they visit stalls in the town square in Osijek, Croatia, on March 15, 2016.
At the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on Nov. 6, 2016.
With (L-R) Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, pose ahead of the annual evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace, London, on Dec. 8, 2016.
At an event for the Italian Wool Industry and the Prince of Wales’s Campaign for Wool at Palazzo Pitti, in Florence, Italy, on April 3, 2017.
At an official welcome ceremony at Nunavut Legislative Assembly in Iqaluit, Canada, on June 29, 2017.
Charles is shown how to blow a dart during a visit to the Sarawak Cultural Village, in Kuching, Malaysia, on Nov. 6, 2017.
Charles smells a rose offered to him by Camilla during a visit to Nice Flower Market in France, on May 9, 2018.
The couple take part in a traditional dance at Church Square in Crete, Greece, on May 11, 2018.
With Doria Ragland after her daughter’s wedding to Prince Harry at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018.
During a state banquet in Buckingham Palace on Oct. 23, 2018.
Pose on a bench on John Lennon square at a British Classic Car event in Havana, Cuba, on March 26, 2019. The couple made history by becoming the first members of the royal family to visit Cuba in an official capacity.
Pictured while making a mojito as they visit a paladar, Cuban for restaurant, called Habanera, a privately owned restaurant, in Havana, on March 27, 2019.
With U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump during a dinner at Winfield House in London on June 4, 2019.
The couple hold face masks as they host a reception for the Elephant Family Animal Ball at Clarence House in London on June 13, 2019.
At the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Nov. 9, 2019.
During a visit to the Te Kongahu Museum of Waitangi in New Zealand, on Nov. 20, 2019.
Attend the World Premiere and Royal Performance of “1917” at the Odeon on Dec. 4, 2019.
In the Ballroom during the The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes at Buckingham Palace on Feb. 20, 2020.
The pair ride on an electric double decker bus to the London Transport Museum, on March 4, 2020.
During the Commonwealth Day reception in London on March 9, 2020.
In another video, the Duchess spoke about her hopes for the Reading Room: “I like it to be something that everybody could delve into and find something that suited them and enjoy it – I think it’s for people’s enjoyment.
“And I think they get more enjoyment if they can… see little snippets of authors and why they wrote the book.”
On Wednesday, a new portrait of the Duchess was shared on the Reading Room’s Instagram account. The candid shot taken by Jennifer Pattison showed Camilla quietly reading at home.
Last week, Camilla shared her love of doodling horses during her childhood with author and illustrator Charlie Mackesy during a video call to promote the launch of the initiative.
Each of the titles picked by the Duchess will be highlighted for a fortnight with information about the book and its author, alongside a Book Club Kit – a set of questions readers can use to explore the themes of the novel and spark discussions with friends.
The kits have been created by the Reading Room book researchers as part of the Lockdown Reading Project, a collaboration between the University of Portsmouth and the University of Copenhagen to study how reading habits are changing in the face of Covid-19.
The Duchess holds seven patronages related to literature, including the National Literacy Trust, and has presented the prestigious Booker Prize for a number of years.
Camilla’s recommended reads
The Duchess’ recommended reads
The Mirror And The Light by Hilary Mantel
Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak
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