Join HRH The Duchess of Cornwall in The Reading Room; discover new books each season and meet the extraordinary people who create them

 

A warm welcome to The Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room; the literary hub on a mission to help readers and non-readers alike find and connect with books they will love. Through exclusive author interviews and behind-the-scenes content, The Reading Room celebrates books from around the world and the extraordinary people who create them.

The Reading Room launched on Instagram (@duchessofcornwallsreadingroom) in January 2021 with Charlie Mackesy and his wonderfully illustrated ‘The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse’.  Since then, there have been five series with four widely different but equally compelling books featuring in each series.

On this website, you can find all of HRH’s recommendations, scroll through by series or search for individual books.  We have included author interviews, exclusive content and the further reading recommendations of our literary friends.  Whatever your reading taste, we hope that there really will be something for everyone on The Reading Room.  

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To me reading is a great adventure, I have loved it since I was very small and I would love everybody else to enjoy it as much as I do.  You can escape, and you can travel, and you can laugh and you can cry. Every type of emotion which humans experience is in a book.

~ HRH The Duchess of Cornwall

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What are your hopes for The Reading Room?
HRH
I hope that my Reading Room will be something that everybody can delve into, and find something that suits them, and enjoy it!
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What kinds of books do you love?
HRH
All sorts! I read a lot of fiction but I do have a lot of cookery books (though they usually get stolen by my son who is a cookery writer). But I like non-fiction too. A really great biography is a lovely thing to get stuck into.
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How do you feel when you open a book?
HRH
There’s something so tactile about books. I like the smell of the pages when you open the cover. Turning the pages and folding down a corner ready for next time…
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Do you think that many people rediscovered their love of reading during lockdown?
HRH
Whatever other awful things came out of lockdown, I think reading has come out extremely well. I had letters from all over the world when I put out my original reading list saying, “Oo, I read the Gentleman of Moscow,” or, “Goodness me, I haven’t read The Queen’s Necklace for years and years”, and, “Have you read this? You might enjoy that.” It’s a lovely way of corresponding and getting to know people. It’s a lovely way of communicating.
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How important do you think it is to read to children?
HRH
I read to my children and now I read to my grandchildren. I love it. I read to them when they were absolutely tiny and then they got older and older and older, and now they actually read to me.
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Who inspired your love of reading?
HRH
Well I think it certainly came from my father who is probably the best read man I’ve come across anywhere… He read to us as children. He chose the books, and we listened. And I think it was his love of books which became ingrained in us, from such an early age.
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