Richard E. Grant: TOP TEN BOOKS


It’s been a long time—32 years in fact—since Richard E. Grant wooed audiences in the cult classic, Withnail & I, and he pays tribute to that movie’s impact on his life by including director Bruce Robinson’s semi-autobiographical novel, The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman, on his desert island bookshelf. Grant’s long resume in film includes Love Hurts, Gosford Park, and The Iron Lady, but his particular talents lend themselves to quirky character studies such as his sublime performance as Jack Hock in Can You Ever Forgive Me? The film, in which he stars opposite Melissa McCarthy, has thrust him deservedly into the spotlight and garnered Oscar chatter. “It’s like a buddy road movie,” Grant said of the film, in an interview with Vox, “one that happens to go through the highways of Manhattan, from bar to bookshelf.”   

Below are Richard E. Grant’s favorite books, available to purchase individually or as a set.


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll
I first read 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.
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Love in the Time of Cholera

Gabriel García Márquez
A tropical love story in all its variations.
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The Kenneth Williams Diaries

edited by Russell Davies
Hilariously scabrous and heartbreaking insight into this uniquely funny/sad comedian.
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Martin Amis
A viscerally funny, bravura dissection of fame and fortune.
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The Great Gatsby

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.
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Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen
Class, money and marriage in a book that manages to combine insight, malice and the magnificence of romantic misunderstanding.
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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Patrick Suskind
Having been led by my nose all my life, this story about pursuing the perfect scent is irresistible.
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Timebends: A Life

Arthur Miller
A narrative of 20th century America as witnessed and refracted by this singular master playwright.
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Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman

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

Virginia Woolf
Groundbreaking, haunting and elliptical.
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