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The Duchess of Cornwall shares summer reading list

The Duchess of Cornwall has released her summer reading list to ‘provide a bit of escapism’ to readers.

Her reading list includes mysteries, classics and contemporary works, and Camilla said in a statement: “I am delighted to share a few more of my favourite books. At present, it might be ambitious to describe them as ‘beach reads,’ but I very much hope they provide a welcome bit of escapism.”

The five books the Duchess has chosen for her summer reading list include The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins; Girl by Edna O’Brien; the Roy Grace series by Peter James; The Queen’s Necklace by Alexandra Dumas; and The Island by Victoria Hislop.

The Duchess of Cornwall listed the reason for choosing each book. For The Woman in White, she said it is “a menacing and mysterious tale spun by this great Victorian write with a penchant for drama.” Girl “lays bare the trauma of Nigeria’s abducted schoolgirls” and The Queen’s Necklace is “a thrilling mystery about a missing diamond necklace. An epic tale of love and hatred, betrayal and courage, set at the court of Louis XVI.”

“If you have never read Peter James’ crime thriller series about the Sussex detective, Roy Grace, I would highly recommend you give it a try,” Camilla wrote about the series. And The Island, she wrote, is “an evocatively told story of four generations rent by war, illicit love, violence and leprosy, from the thirties, through the war, to the present day.”

Clarence House noted: “The Duchess is passionate about reading for all ages and promotes it through some of her patronages including the National Literacy Trust, the Royal Society of Literature, BookTrust, and Coram Beanstalk.”

Her Royal Highness previously shared a reading list at Easter for those isolating at home during the long weekend. Her reading list then also included a mixture of classics and contemporary novels, including A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and Travels on my Elephant by her late brother, Mark Shand.

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Jess Ilse is the Assistant Editor at Royal Central. She specialises in the British, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish Royal Families and has been following royalty since Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. Jess has provided commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Jess works in communications and her debut novel THE MAJESTIC SISTERS will publish in Fall 2024.