The Duchess of Cornwall has revealed that the idea behind her online book club has come to fruition – with avid readers ‘chatting and communicating – exchanging ideas’.
Camilla launched her Instagram Reading Room in January to encourage book fans of all ages to discover new writers and create a hub where literary communities around the world can connect.
In a video, the Duchess describes how she received numerous letters from Russia but also Indonesia, Australia and Europe with readers starting to interact with each other.
She said: “They are so warm and friendly and you know they recommend their books then which is quite nice to notice when you think of books.”
Camilla went on to say, “I mean we’ve had a slight lack of communication lately with all of us locked up, we haven’t had our family and friends around so it’s quite nice to talk to people. through online books.
“And I noticed through the comments, that there are a lot of people starting to chat with each other and it’s, you know, that was the idea in the first place, just for people to chat and communicate – exchange ideas. “
A new portrait of the Duchess, taken in the Morning Room at Clarence House, has been released to mark the second season of her online book club.
For the new season, Camilla has selected four books – Girl by Edna O’Brien, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, The Red Notebook by Antoine Lauraine and The Secret Commonwealth from The Book Of Dust by Philip Pullman.