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    Mike Leigh

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    One of the most distinctive directors of his generation, Mike Leigh has spent a lifetime making movies mostly about working class Britons that range from howls of indignation like Naked, for which he won Best Director at Cannes in 1993, to whimsical comedies like Happy Go-Lucky which helped to launch the career of its Golden Globe-winning star Sally Hawkins. Leigh’s collaborative approach, building scripts from improvisation, has resulted in a body of work that is uncommonly rich in complex, nuanced roles for women, including Imelda Staunton in Vera Drake, Lesley Manville in Another Year, and Brenda Blethyn and Marianne Jean-Baptiste as a mother-daughter duo in Secrets and Lies, which won the 1996 Palme d'Or. With Peterloo, his 21st movie (excluding his many television dramas), Leigh illuminates a notorious 1819 massacre of protestors by police in Manchester, England, that paved the way for sweeping electoral reform. Vulture’s Nate Jones described it asone of the best things Leigh has ever made.” Below, are Mike Leigh's favorite books, available to purchase individually or as a set. See the full list...

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    Lena Dunham


    Gone with the Wind

    Margaret Mitchell

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    Greta Gerwig


    To The Lighthouse

    Virginia Woolf

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    Nicole Holofcener


    The Rosy Crucifixion: Sexus

    Henry Miller

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    Jesse Peretz

    From: $149.80

    Metropolitan Life

    Fran Lebowitz

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    Nia Vardalos


    A Prayer for Owen Meany

    John Irving

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    Christopher Guest


    Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words that Remade America

    Garry Wills

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    Amber Tamblyn


    Autobiography of Red

    Anne Carson

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    Niki Caro



    Haruki Murakami

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    Asif Kapadia

    From: $138.90

    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

    Patrick Suskind

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