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Floral Tribute

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HRH The Princess of Wales

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Elena Ferrante

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Explore this selection of brilliant titles, as chosen by Her Majesty The Queen Consort for The Reading Room.

  • City Of Girls

    By Elizabeth Gilbert

    Publish Date: 2019
    New York, 1940. Vivian, a young girl exiled by her parents, arrives in the big city with her sewing machine. At the Lily Playhouse, a rather disreputable yet charming Manhattan revue theatre, she makes a new family and learns to…
  • The Book Thief

    By Markus Zusak

    Publish Date: 2006
    A novel described as ‘unsettling, life-affirming, triumphant and tragic’, The Book Thief is set in Nazi Germany and tells the story of nine-year-old Liesel and her love for books, books which she steals wherever she can find them. But when…
  • Dracula

    By Bram Stoker

    Publish Date: 1897
    A tale which has fascinated readers for over a century and filled them with terror, Dracula is a masterpiece of Gothic fiction narrated through letters, diary entries, and newspaper articles. The mysterious Count Dracula, a vampire from Transylvania who survives…
  • The Whalebone Theatre

    By Joanna Quinn

    Publish Date: 2022
    Despite her adverse circumstances, young Cristabel Seagrave has big dreams for her life and is determined to write her own story. When a whale washes up on the Dorset shore, she plants her flag, and the inanimate carcass becomes the…
  • Dark Tides

    By Philippa Gregory

    Publish Date: 2020
    The second volume in the trilogy of The Fairmile Series, Dark Tides continues the sweeping saga of the Tidelands family. When two unexpected visitors show up at a shabby warehouse on the south side of the river Thames, Alinor…
  • Girl, Woman, Other

    By Bernardine Evaristo

    Publish Date: 2019 Awards: 2019 Booker Prize
    ‘A must-read about modern Britain and womanhood. This is an impressive, fierce novel about the lives of black British families, their struggles, pains, laughter, longings and loves. With a dazzling rhythm, Evaristo takes us on a journey of intergenerational stories,…
  • The Fair Botanists

    By Sara Sheridan

    Publish Date: 2021
    It’s the summer of 1822, and  in Edinburgh botanists patiently await for the Agave Americana plant to flower in the newly-installed Botanic Garden. When newly widowed Elizabeth moves into the grand house bordering the Botanic Garden, she becomes interested…
  • 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…
  • Pride And Prejudice

    By Jane Austen

    Recommended by: Miranda Cowley Heller
    Publish Date: 1813
    While Mrs Bennet wishes nothing better for her daughters than the prospect of an advantageous marriage, her daughter Elizabeth thinks otherwise. When the wealthy and eligible bachelor Mr Bingley moves into the neighbourhood, he soon becomes attached to Elizabeth’s…

Pick of the week

The Great Silence

In this book, Juliet Nicolson explores a fascinating moment in history, the years between 1918 and 1920, a painful reckoning for those who had lived through the peaceful Edwardian times and found themselves faced with a new and challenging reality.  Thanks to her insightful focus on daily life, Nicolson captures the fears and struggles of some as well as others’ desire for a different future.

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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 Majesty The Queen Consort for The Reading Room.

HM’s favourite books

For World Book Day

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Children’s book recommendations

HRH The Princess of Wales

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Reading Room Roundtables

Cressida Cowell & Katherine Rundell

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