Thanks to the telegraph for this one...
The Duchess of Cornwall has
spoken of her fondness of reading, saying she loves being able to “forget about
everything else” and immerse herself in a novel.
The Duchess joined author Tony
Parsons to read with Transport for London (TfL) employees who are taking part
in a course to improve their English.
After reading extracts from the
author's novel, Beyond The Bounty, she told the class how she spends much of
her spare time engrossed in books.
“I spend my life reading to my
grandchildren, trying to get them to concentrate. It takes you completely out
"You can forget about
everything else and bury yourself in a book,” said the Duchess, who is Patron
of The National Literacy Trust, the Wicked Young Writers' Award, Booktrust and
TfL runs the classes at its HQ in
London for all employees who want to improve their confidence and ability with
spoken and written English.
said she found it "nerve wrecking" to read aloud after some of the
TfL students delivered extracts from the book, which Parsons write for the
charity Quick Reads.
She praised their “bravery” in
reading out sections to the class.
Quick Reads, which works with the
TfL scheme, was launched by the book trade in 2006 in response to a government
report that revealed 12 million people in the UK have literacy difficulties,
while one third of the population never picks up a book.
Parsons is just one of the
authors involved with Quick Reads and has contributed by penning a short novel
especially geared towards those who may be dyslexic, a stranger to books, or
have simply fallen out of the habit of reading.
This month sees the launch of the
charity's "fall in love with reading" campaign, with a line-up of
eight books from authors such as Lynda La Plante, Maeve Binchy, Conn Iggulden
Speaking about the charity and
the campaign, Parsons said: "It's a campaign that will never end and it's
a campaign that we can feel that we are winning."
Parsons said that although he
came from a relatively poor family, there were always books in the house. He
added that to deny your children that privilege is "like sending your
child to school with no shoes on".
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