The Duchess of York is launching a historical romance book club

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The Duchess of York has announced that she is launching a brand new book club that will focus on the genre of historical romance.

She is collaborating on the club with publishers Mills & Boon, who published her first fictional historical romance, A Heart For A Compass, back in August.

The club is set to launch on November 5th and will see the Duchess select a new book each month from Mills & Boon’s extensive catalogue.

Making the announcement on a video posted to her social media channels, the 62-year-old said that she is "so excited to launch a historical romance book club with my publisher Mills & Boon".

"Like them, I'm passionate about telling women's stories, giving those who have been silenced a voice and promoting women's literacy," she continued.

"Too often, women’s lives can be overlooked by history. In my debut novel Her Heart for a Compass, I brought one such woman – my great-great aunt Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas-Scott – to life.

"Now I want to celebrate other authors who are telling women’s stories. I hope that the book club readers will be entertained, enlightened and empowered by the novels that we are going to read together."

Mills & Boon have also spoken of its delight at the new partnership, sharing: "Sarah, Duchess of York is an authority in historical research and in telling the stories of women's lives.

"The success of Her Heart for a Compass, co-written with Marguerite Kaye, proves her passion and expertise in historical romance. We're delighted to partner with her on this book club and know it will bring new readers to the novels and writers that the Duchess has selected."

The Duchess is currently working on a second novel, also co-written with Marguerite, which is due to be released in 2022.

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