Duchess to present top literary prize

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The Duchess of Cornwall is to present this year’s highly respected Man Booker Prize.

Camilla, who is patron of a number of organisations which promote literacy, will give the winning author the coveted award on October 15 at London Guildhall.

The Man Booker is seen as one the leading literary awards and usually propels the winning book to the top of the best-sellers’ list.

Increasing the sales of quality fiction by encouraging the public to read was one of the original aims of the award which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2008 after launching in 1969.

Speaking in support of a new campaign by the National Literacy Trust to find the nation’s literacy heroes, the Duchess described today how her father, Major Bruce Shand, ignited her love of reading.

Camilla, who is the Trust’s patron, said: “I was lucky enough to have a father who read to us.

“Every book was a promise of something new and exciting.”