Looking for something new to read? Our own Susan has complied a list of ebooks recommended by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. No need to stop by the library to pick up your copy, you can borrow and read it for free! All you need is your royal library card.
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – available on Hoopla Digital as an eBook or as a downloadable audiobook.
After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the aging Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil roads of London, they are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine. Set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. With well over 200 million copies sold, it ranks among the most famous works in the history of literary fiction.
The Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard – available on Hoopla, five novels in one eBook.
For fans of Downton Abbey! A multi-generational saga of an upper-middle-class British family before, during, and after World War II by a bestselling author. As the clouds of war gather on England’s horizon, the Cazalet siblings, along with their wives, children, and servants, prepare to leave London and join their parents at their Sussex estate, Home Place. Thus begins the decades-spanning family saga that has engrossed millions of readers. (Five books: The Light Years, Marking Time, Confusion, Casting Off and All Change)
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – available on Overdrive/Libby as either an eBook or downloadable audiobook
From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility (also available as an eBook on Overdrive/Libby), this engaging and transporting novel features a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel. The mega-bestseller with more than 2 million readers, is soon to be a major television series.
“Perhaps the ultimate quarantine read . . . A Gentleman in Moscow is about the importance of community; the distance of a kind act; and resilience. It’s a manual for getting through the days to come.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain – available on Hoopla as an eBook or as a downloadable audiobook.
Heroic bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street. There’s nothing in the bag to indicate who it belongs to, although there’s all sorts of other things in it. Laurent feels a strong impulse to find the owner and tries to puzzle together who she might be from the contents of the bag. Especially a red notebook with her jottings, which really makes him want to meet her. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?
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