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Richard E. Grant’s 10 Favorite Books

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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.

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.

Hilariously scabrous and heartbreaking insight into this uniquely funny/sad comedian.

A viscerally funny, bravura dissection of fame and fortune.


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.

Class, money, and marriage in a book that manages to combine insight, malice, and the magnificence of romantic misunderstanding.

Groundbreaking, haunting, and elliptical.

Having been led by my nose all my life, this story about pursuing the perfect scent is irresistible.

A narrative of 20th-century America as witnessed and refracted by this singular master playwright.

A biliously funny and mordant “autobiography” by my great friend who wrote me the role of a lifetime in Withnail and I.

Richard E. Grant’s 10 Favorite Books