Camilla, 73, launched the Reading Room last month in a video post on the Clarence House Instagram page. The virtual book club gives royal fans insight into Camilla’s favorite literary works and features exclusive conversations between the Duchess and the author behind the story.
In her first video, Camilla described reading as a “great adventure” and gave viewers a list of four novels to get their hands on during lockdown, including Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.
The 2018 bestseller tells the story of a young Kya Clark who grows up alone in the swamps of North Carolina.
Camilla described the book as a “harrowing coming-of-age romance” and revealed she couldn’t put her handkerchief down.
The Duchess’ book choice is now set to be made into a film and star in the BBC drama Normal People; Daisy Edgar-Jones, who will play the lead role of Kya, spoke about the story that resonated with her.
In a video posted on the Duchess of Cornwall’s Reading Room page, the 22-year-old said she was drawn to the book – recommended by Camilla – as it evokes the feelings of loneliness felt by many during the pandemic.
She said: “I just feel like that idea of isolation was so resonant when I read it because of the climate we’re living in right now.
“We have all experienced such loneliness and disconnection with our friends and family because of the pandemic.
“For me, reading is a great adventure. I’ve loved it since I was little and I wish everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.
“You can escape, and you can travel, and you can laugh and you can cry. There are all kinds of emotions that humans feel in a book.
Where The Crawdads Sing, directed by Olivia Newman, is slated for release in 2022.