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Bookseller One Grand Books has asked celebrities to name the ten titles they’d take to a desert island, and they’ve shared the results with Vulture. Below is Can You Ever Forgive Me? actor Richard E. Grant’s list.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
I first read this when I was a little boy and have every year since. The best guide to the English class system, sense of humor, and innately eccentric sensibility.
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
A tropical love story in all its variations.
The Kenneth Williams Diaries edited by Russell Davies
Hilariously scabrous and heartbreaking insight into this uniquely funny/sad comedian.
Money by Martin Amis
A viscerally funny, bravura dissection of fame and fortune.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
An unrequited love letter to the Jazz Age that manages to be both intimate, epic, and achingly romantic about an era that almost never was.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Class, money, and marriage in a book that manages to combine insight, malice, and the magnificence of romantic misunderstanding.
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Groundbreaking, haunting, and elliptical.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Peter Suskind
Having been led by my nose all my life, this story about pursuing the perfect scent is irresistible.
Timebends: A Life by Arthur Miller
A narrative of 20th-century America as witnessed and refracted by this singular master playwright.
The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman by Bruce Robinson
A biliously funny and mordant “autobiography” by my great friend who wrote me the role of a lifetime in Withnail and I.