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

  • 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…
  • 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…


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Among The Bohemians


In this insightful and fascinating book, Virginia Nicholson paints a portrait of the Bohemians in England, the artistic community that flourished in the early twentieth century, and their subversive social experiment.


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The Island

Victoria Hislop

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War Horse

Michael Morpurgo

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The Light Years

Elizabeth Jane Howard

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The Various Haunts of Men

Susan Hill

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The Remains of the Day

Kazuo Ishiguro

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The Red Notebook

Antoine Lauraine

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A Gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles

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Girl

Edna O’Brian

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The Book of Dust

Philip Pullman

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The Architect’s Apprentice

Elif Shafak

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Restless

William Boyd

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Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens

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The Mirror and the Light

Hilary Mantel

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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Charlie Mackesy

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Children’s Books

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HM’s favourite books

For World Book Day


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Reading Room Roundtables

Cressida Cowell & Katherine Rundell


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