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Duchess of Cornwall reveals ‘escapist’ summer reading list

The Duchess of Cornwall has revealed a selection of must-reads for summer. 

The 73-year-old, who shared a reading list at the height of the pandemic, has revealed a number of her other favourite books. 

‘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,’ Camilla said. 

The Duchess rounded up a selection of bestsellers across mystery, classics and contemporary works. 

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 all made the list. 

Camilla gave reasons for why each of the five books on her summer recommendations are worth reading. 

‘This brilliant Irish novelist lays bare the trauma of Nigeria’s abducted schoolgirls in this harrowing novel,’ she said of Girl by Edna O’Brien.

Released in 2019, the book received impressive reviews and the 89-year-old author was praised for the empathy she displayed while visiting the nation on research trips for the book.

Camilla’s list also includes The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins, which has sold over 100,000 copies since it was released in 1859.

Describing the read, she said: ‘A menacing and mysterious tale spun by this great Victorian writer with a penchant for drama.’

‘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!,’ The Duchess said of the Roy Grace series by Peter James.

Camilla who promotes the joy of reading at any age with patronages including the National Literacy Trust, the Royal Society of Literature, BookTrust, and Coram Beanstalk, also added The Queen’s Necklace by Alexandre Dumas to her summer reading list.

Speaking about the novel, she said: ‘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.’ 

She completed her list with The Island by Victoria Hislop, which has sold over a million copies since its release in 2006.  

The royal described the read as ‘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.’

Camilla previously shared nine books at Easter, including A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and Travels On My Elephant by Mark Shand, which is about her late brother.

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