The Duchess of Cornwall has shared nine books she recommends for those wanting to read over the Easter weekend in isolation.
On the Clarence House Twitter account, the Duchess of Cornwall shared a photo of her reading, taken by a member of staff. She also added a quote, “Ernest Hemingway, famously, once said ‘There is no friend as loyal as a book.’ In these challenging times when we are isolated from the ones we love, many of us are finding comfort in reading, to fire up our imaginations, to take us on journeys and to make us laugh. With that in mind here is a list of my dearest ‘friends’.”
Her nine book recommendations are:
- Restless by William Boyd
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- The Simon Serrailler Series by Susan Hill
- The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman
- The Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard
- A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
- The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain
- The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak
- Travels on my Elephant by Mark Shand
The last book is by the Duchess’ late brother and she said, “My late brother’s tale of his love affair with Tara, an Asian elephant, on their journey across in India… It always brings a tear to my eye.”
The Duchess of Cornwall is passionate about reading for all ages and promotes its importance through some of her patronages, including the Literacy Trust, the BookTrust, Coram Beanstalk and the Royal Society of Literature.