Camilla reveals her favorite childhood book still makes her cry

The Duchess of Cornwall said Black Beauty was her favorite book during her ‘pony-mad’ youth and that always makes her emotional as she stressed the importance of reading to children.

Camilla revealed that her father, Major Bruce Shand, often told her and her siblings stories during their younger years, when she “thought of nothing else” than horses. .

She named Anna Sewell’s best-selling novel About A Well-Behaved Horse Sold to Cruel Owners as the first book that “stuck in her mind” as a child.

Speaking to Lord Dobbs as part of his Christmas guest writing for BBC Radio 4’s Today show, she said: On Them So I Think Black Beauty was the first book I have left in there ‘spirit.

“I can see it now – there was Ginger. Every time I think of poor old Ginger with his head hanging from the wagon and his tongue hanging out, it makes me cry now, and I think it was maybe one of my favorites.

She said her other favorite books as a child were The Scarlet Pimpernel, a story about an Englishman who saved aristocrats during the French Revolution before they were sent to the guillotine.

Camilla said: “Another book that my dad would read to us all the time because he liked a bit of adventure, was The Scarlet Pimpernel, and he became this great hero in all our eyes and I loved all of them. adventures. “

The Duchess revealed that she bought a number of books as Christmas gifts for her five grandchildren, two daughters and three sons.

The Duchess of Cornwall talks about her love for reading on the BBC’s Today program (BBC Radio 4 Today / PA)

A granddaughter received La Belle Sauvage from Philip Pullman while twin brothers Gus and Louis, sons of daughter Laura Lopes, received Dracula and Lord Of The Rings.

Camilla said: “If you learn to read, no matter how difficult your life is at the time, you can grab a book and escape.

“You can laugh, you can cry, it just takes you out of the real world and it gives you a different dimension in life.”

Camilla is the patron saint of a number of literacy charities and recently launched The Duchess of Cornwall’s Instagram Reading Room for book lovers of all ages and skill levels.

The Prince of Wales, Camilla’s husband, also appears in the program, reciting an excerpt from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Elsewhere, Lord Dobbs asks listeners to learn more about prostate cancer, himself having been diagnosed earlier this year.

Raheem Sterling, General Sir Nick Carter, Dr Jane Goodall, James Rebanks, Mina Smallman and Jacky Wright will all take turns editing the Today program this week.