The Duchess of Cornwall has stressed the importance of learning to read early in life, saying it is “very much a parent’s job to get their children to read “very young”.
Camilla, who climaxed via video call for her online reading room group, also revealed what books are currently on her bedside table and what her deserted island would be reading.
The Duchess spoke to Daisy Buchanan, a writer who writes for The Daily Telegraph, during the call while visiting Meta’s new offices in central London.
When asked by Ms Buchanan why she thinks reading is so important for children, Camilla said: “The earlier you can learn, the better.
“I think that’s a parent’s job, getting kids to read by reading to them, because no matter how young you are, you absorb stories.
“The more stories you record, the more interested you will be in the future.
“I think for everyone, reading a story can take you into so many different worlds.
“You can go places you thought you would never get to.
“As difficult as things are, you can detach yourself from them and go into your own world for a while.
“I think it’s the most therapeutic thing you can do.
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“Especially after lockdown when we were all in a world we didn’t understand.
“What could be nicer than reaching for a book?
“So many people have started reading again, which is really good news.”
Camilla said her desert island book was The Cazalet Chronicles because the series was “so beautifully written” by Elizabeth Jane Howard, who described her as “a very underrated author”.
The Duchess explained: “I can read them over and over again, I’ve listened to them on audio, I’ve read them I don’t know how many times.
“Sadest thing of all, I wrote her a fan letter when I was done with the fifth one, I said ‘Oh I can’t wait for another one.’
“She texted me back and said, ‘I’m writing another one right now,’ and then she died.
“That was the saddest thing.
“You hang a bit, she never really finished them.
“Sometimes I wonder if another writer will come along and crush her.”
Camilla added that she has “a huge stack of books” on her reading list, including Elizabeth Gilbert’s City Of Girls, which she’s almost finished, Cupid Towles’ The Lincoln Highway and Andrew Roberts’ George III.
The Duchess added that her favorite books are by Molly Keane.
Ms. Buchanan also asked Camilla which literary characters would be her dream guests for the dinner party.
The Duchess revealed she would choose “a rather unusual mix” consisting of The Count of Monte Cristo, Mrs. Danvers and Count Fosco from The Woman in White, whom she describes as “two pretty sneaky characters to spice things up “ described.
“I think they would cause a lot of trouble, and I wanted someone who was a little bit different,” she said.
The Duchess added she would also be inviting her personal heroines Elizabeth Bennett, “a good strong woman to keep the show going” and Uncle Matthew from The Pursuit Of Love “with his entrenched tool to keep everyone under control.” keep”.
The Duchess of Cornwall Reading Room, an online literature hub, was launched in January 2021, inspired by the success of the Duchess reading lists shared during the 2020 pandemic.
Camilla shares her love of reading through her Instagram account and has been praised for her advocacy for literature by leading author Sir Philip Pullman.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/duchess-of-cornwall-says-it-is-very-much-a-parents-job-to-teach-reading-early-41517363.html The Duchess of Cornwall says it is “very much the job of parents” to teach children to read from an early age