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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.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
$24 at One Grand Books

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
$16 at One Grand Books

A tropical love story in all its variations.

The Kenneth Williams Diaries edited by Russell Davies
$23 at One Grand Books

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

Money by Martin Amis
$17 at One Grand Books

A viscerally funny, bravura dissection of fame and fortune.

<em>The Great Gatsby</em> by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
$17 at One Grand Books

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
$23 at One Grand Books

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
$15 at One Grand Books

Groundbreaking, haunting, and elliptical.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Peter Suskind
$16 at One Grand Books

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

Timebends: A Life by Arthur Miller
$18 at One Grand Books

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

The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman by Bruce Robinson
$16 at One Grand Books

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