The Duchess of Cornwall's Reading Room

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The Duchess of Cornwall's Reading Room, a hub for literary communities around the world, celebrates literature in all its forms.

Inspired by the success of Her Royal Highness's reading lists shared during the pandemic in 2020, the Reading Room channel offers new seasons of book recommendations, as well as exclusive insight from the authors themselves, in a community space for book lovers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

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Season One of HRH's book recommendations includes:

  • The Mirror and The Light - Hilary Mantel
  • Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens
  • Restless - William Boyd
  • The Architect's Apprentice - Elif Shafak

Over the next eight weeks, join The Reading Room as each book is featured for a fortnight, hearing from the authors, and providing topics for discussion. 

Charlie Mackesy

To kick off the year, in a special film The Duchess invited author and artist, Charlie Mackesy to talk about his book, The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse.

I've got so many copies of it, with people saying ‘you must read this book’ I could make a library of it!

- The Duchess of Cornwall

The whole book is a journey of conversation with friends of mine, but also on a wider level people I'll never meet.

- Charlie Mackesy

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Hilary Mantel

The first book to feature in Season One of The Duchess of Cornwall's Reading Room is Hilary Mantel's 'The Mirror and The Light'.

Our ancestors were people in their own right, not rehearsals for us. They thought and act differently, and to me it's that difference that is so fascinating. I think we should value our knowledge of the past for its own sake.

- Hilary Mantel

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Delia Owens

The Duchess of Cornwall's second book choice of Season One is 'Where The Crawdads Sing' by Delia Owens.

A nature-immersed mystery and love story with an ending that you’ll never guess, and never, ever forget.

- Delia Owens

I would describe Kya as fiercely resilient, wonderfully curious and strong... I think she's such a special character and such a special person, and I think this book will stay with me forever.

- Daisy Edgar-Jones

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William Boyd

Her Royal Highness's third book choice of Season One is 'Restless' by William Boyd. Published in 2006, the book won the Costa Novel Award and in 2012 was made into a BBC television adaptation.

A wartime thriller featuring a resourceful woman in grave danger... a great read.

- The Duchess of Cornwall

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Elif Shafak

Season One's final book is Elif Shafak's extraordinary novel 'The Architect's Apprentice'.

A mesmerising, beautifully written and magical book, which is part fact, part fiction set during the height of the Ottoman Empire.

- The Duchess of Cornwall

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Royal Society of Literature Guest: Stephen Fry

In a break between Seasons, The Duchess of Cornwall's Reading Room were delighted to be joined by some friends from the Royal Society of Literature. First up, RSL Fellow Stephen Fry shares some of his earliest memories of childhood reading.

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Royal Society of Literature Guest: Margaret Atwood

In a break between Seasons, The Duchess of Cornwall's Reading Room were delighted to be joined by some friends from the Royal Society of Literature.

Author Margaret Atwood reveals a special memory and image depicting reading in her childhood.

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