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The Commonwealth Poetry Podcast with Gyles and Aphra Brandreth and guests HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and Joanna Lumley

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Children’s book recommendations

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

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Online exclusive interview:

Elena Ferrante

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Explore this selection of brilliant titles, as chosen by Her Royal Highness for The Reading Room.

  • Atonement

    By Ian McEwan

    Publish Date: 2007
    It’s the summer of 1935, and young Briony sees her older sister Cecilia plunge nearly naked into the fountain of their country house, while Robbie Turner, the housekeeper’s son, is watching. From that moment, their lives will never be the…
  • The Paper Palace

    By Miranda Cowley Heller

    Publish Date: 2021
    It’s a glorious August morning, when Elle Bishop wakes up after a dinner party and heads for a swim in the freshwater pond below ‘The Paper Palace’ – the gently decaying summer camp in the back woods of Cape Cod…
  • Suite Française

    By Irène Némirovsky

    Publish Date: 2004
    Set in 1940, the year France fell to Nazi occupation, Suite Francaise tells two stories, that of a group of Parisians fleeing the invasion and that of a small rural community under German occupation. But even in dire circumstances, Némirovsky…
  • The Kite Runner

    By Khaled Hosseini

    Publish Date: 2003
    Amir is a young boy who likes running kites with Hassan, the son of his father’s servant. But neither of the boys can foresee what is soon to happen, an event that will change their lives forever. Told against the…
  • My Brilliant Friend

    By Elena Ferrante

    Publish Date: 2011
    ‘Rino’s mother is named Raffaella Cerullo, but everyone has always called her Lina. Not me … To me, for more than sixty years, she’s been Lila.’ Set in the 1950s, My Brilliant Friend is the first volume of the “Neapolitan…
  • A Christmas Carol

    By Charles Dickens

    Publish Date: 1843
    Ebenezer Scrooge is an old miser who values money over anything else, including his relationship with his deceased partner Jacob Marley, his clerk, and his nephew. On the night of Christmas Eve, he is visited by the Ghost of Jacob…
  • The Little Library Cookbook

    By Kate Young

    Publish Date: 2017
    Drawing from her favourite works of fiction, Kate Young has compiled over 100 mouthwatering recipes for all meals, from breakfast to dessert. Inspired by classics such as Paddington Bear, The Great Gatsby, The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, and…
  • A Half Baked Idea

    By Olivia Potts

    Publish Date: 2019 Awards: 2020 Debut Food Book of the Year – Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards
    Profoundly hit by the death of her mother, Olivia decides, afer five years practicing law as a criminal barrister, to abandon her career and enroll in the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts institute. Coping with grief and loss, Olivia…
  • A Book Of Food

    By P Morton Shand

    Publish Date: 1927
    The book is not conceived as a cookery book, but rather an exploration of gastronomy, culinary practices, facts and information about food and cooking. A fascinating journey from flavours to the influences of the Industrial Revolution on English cuisine, to…

Pick of the week

Swann In Love

A narrative section of Swann’s Way, the first volume in Proust’s monumental novel In Search of Lost Time, Swann in Love is essentially self-contained and has for this reason often been published independently as a novella. In it, the narrator tells the story of the love affair between Charles Swann and Odette.

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The Island

Victoria Hislop


War Horse

Michael Morpurgo


The Light Years

Elizabeth Jane Howard


The Various Haunts of Men

Susan Hill


The Remains of the Day

Kazuo Ishiguro


The Red Notebook

Antoine Lauraine


A Gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles



Edna O’Brian


The Book of Dust

Philip Pullman


The Architect’s Apprentice

Elif Shafak



William Boyd


Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens


The Mirror and the Light

Hilary Mantel


The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Charlie Mackesy


Children’s Books

Explore this selection of brilliant titles, as chosen by Her Royal Highness for The Reading Room.

HRH’s favourite books

For World Book Day

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Children’s book recommendations

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

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Reading Room Roundtables

Cressida Cowell & Katherine Rundell

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