Hillary Clinton writing book of essays

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (left) and former President Bill Clinton arrive on the West Front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Jan 20, 2017.
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (left) and former President Bill Clinton arrive on the West Front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Jan 20, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - Hillary Clinton is putting her shock electoral defeat to Donald Trump behind her by publishing a book of essays reflecting on her life, the bruising 2016 campaign and the future.

Publishing house Simon and Schuster said the currently untitled book would be published in the fall and was inspired by favourite quotations collected by the former secretary of state for decades.

Clinton has largely retreated from public view since Trump's upset win in November shattered her hopes of becoming the first female commander-in-chief of the world's most powerful democracy.

"These quotes have helped me celebrate the good times, laugh at the absurd times, persevere during the hard times and deepen my appreciation of all life has to offer," she said in a statement released by her publishers.

Clinton is the author of five previous books, most recently Hard Choices published in 2014, as well as An Invitation to the White House and It Takes a Village all published by Simon and Schuster.

Foreign editions of the new volume will be published in Australia, Britain, Canada and India, and the essays released in audio-book format.

Simon and Schuster said it had first discussed the collection of quotations with Clinton in 1994, when she was first lady.

"We are delighted that Secretary Clinton finally thinks the time is right to share the words and thoughts that nourished and enriched her, and defined the experiences of her extraordinary life," said president and CEO Carolyn Reidy.

The 69-year-old defeated Democratic presidential nominee has made few public appearances or pronouncements since the Nov 8 election, but did attend Trump's inauguration in Washington.

The Republican president, who clashed brutally with Clinton during the campaign, led a standing ovation for her, saying he was "honoured" that she and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, had attended.

Clinton has otherwise given little indication of what she might turn her hand to, although a confidante has ruled out another run for office.

"I stand with the people gathered across the country tonight defending our values and our Constitution. This is not who we are," she tweeted over the weekend as cities nationwide protested against Trump's immigration and travel ban.