Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall recommends her favourite books for Easter


THE DUCHESS of Cornwall has recommended her favourite books to read this Easter – including a travel story by her late brother Mark Shand and a novel by a Turkish women’s rights activist.

In a statement Camilla, 72, wrote: “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’.” She released the list with a photo of her reading a book from her list – The Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard – as she sat on steps outside Birkhall, the private residence she shares with Prince Charles in Aberdeenshire.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall shared this photo via Clarence House’s Instagram account (Image: Getty)

Camilla revealed that this tale, following a British family before, during and after the SecondWorld War, is her favourite. She said: “If I were sent to a desert island with one book this would be my choice.”

Her list included a mix of classic literature, including A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, with historical works like A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles and Restless byWilliam Boyd.

Alongside this sits a crime fiction read,The Simon Serrailler Series by Susan Hill, with fantasy bestseller The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman and the more personal Travels on my Elephant by Mark Shand.

The Duchess said: “My late brother’s tale of his love affair with Tara, an Asian elephant, on their journey across India… it always brings a tear to my eye.”

Charles and Camilla

Charles and Camilla were recently reunited for their 15th wedding anniversary (Image: Getty)

Mr Shand was a conservationist and travel writer who died in 2014 after falling and hitting his head in New York. His rescue of Tara, who he saved from the streets of eastern India and rode 600 miles across the country, led to his best-selling book and the foundation of conservation charity Elephant Family.

The list is completed by The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak, a Turkish writer, essayist and women’s rights activist, and The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain, a French literary writer.

Camilla was reunited with Charles last Thursday to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary, after Charles had been in isolation with mild symptoms of Covid-19.

The couple distanced themselves from each other for 14 days.