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.
Camilla’s latest choice of book – the second for season three – is The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill. The recommendation went down well with avid readers, especially those who enjoy a crime thriller.
The Various Haunts of Men was published in 2004 and is the first in Susan Hill’s series of seven Simon Serrailler crime novels. They follow chief inspector Serrailler in the fictional Cathedral city of Lafferton.
One follower of the Reading Room commented: ‘This is a fantastic series, I’ve read them all, great characters and engaging stories, already have the next on pre order.’
Fans were also pleased to see British author Kazuo Ishiguro, who has been longlisted in the Booker Prize 2021 for his new novel Klara and the Sun, had recommended four books last month.
The Never Let Me Go author suggested readers delve into The Fortnight in September by R.C. Sherriff, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford and Mr Wilder and Me by Jonathan Coe.
The news of the Duchess of Cornwall’s new book club was 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.