Back in January, the Duchess of Cornwall announced the launch of her new book club called The Reading Room. Each ‘season’, the Duchess of Cornwall’s book club recommends a new novel to read. There are also recommendations from a renowned author that feature.
On 27 October, The Reading Room revealed its new series called Reading Room Roundtables. The first guest of this new venture is Dame Judi Dench – she sat down with Gyles Brandreth ‘for a conversation about beloved books, learning TikTok and why a book in bed will never let you down’.
Fans were also pleased to see British author Victoria Hislop had recommended her favourite books this month. The Island author revealed the books she ‘returns to endlessly and will never tire of’ are The Hours by Michael Cunningham and Selected Poems by CP Cavafy.
Recent books she noted as her favourites were Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan and Barcelona Dreaming by Rupert Thomson. The author’s favourite classics are War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
The news of the Duchess of Cornwall’s book club was first announced on Charles and Camilla’s Instagram account. ‘Introducing, The Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room!,’ it said. ‘Following the success of The Duchess’s book lists published in 2020, Her Royal Highness has created a brand-new reading platform.’
The Reading Room is described as a community space open to book lovers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. It offers book recommendations from HRH herself alongside additional exclusive insight and conversations from the authors and the Duchess.
Early excitement brewed online ahead of the launch of Duchess of Cornwall’s book club. People on Instagram commented: ‘I’ve just set myself a goal to read more in 2021 so this is perfect.’
‘This is absolutely wonderful! Looking forward to this,’ another wrote.
In April, the Duchess’s second instalment of recommended reads were announced, marking the launch of ‘season two’ of The Reading Room. The Duchess dedicated the books to her late father-in-law, the Duke of Edinburgh.
She said, ‘As Patron of Booktrust, which I inherited from late father-in-law His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, I would like to dedicate the next series of my Reading Room to him, in memory of a great fellow reader.’
Camilla is passionate about reading and literacy. She’s a patron of several related charities, including Coram Beanstalk, National Literacy Trust, BookTrust and First Story. Considering this, she’s well placed to head up this venture.
To keep up with all things The Reading Room, give the @duchessofcornwallsreadingroom Instagram account a follow and get ready to dive into a world of reading.