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L&R Customers Choice: Alfonso Cuaron

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We have asked some of our regular customers to curate a display of their favourite books for the shop. We’ll be updating the display, and the list on the website weekly. If you would like to buy or reserve any of these books please call the shop on 020 7229 1010, or email

Our first display is by the Oscar-winning film director Alfonso Cuaron, who was one of our first customers back in 2009. In addition to his prize-winning films Roma and Gravity, he has also directed some of our favourite book movies: including A Little Princess, Children of Men and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

  • A Sense Of The Ending – Julian Barnes
  • Lost In The Funhouse – John Barth
  • The Flowers Of Evil – Charles Baudelaire
  • Anything By Jorge Luis Borges
  • The Martian Chronicles Or The October Country – Ray Bradbury
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Love – Raymond Carver
  • The Swimmer – John Cheever
  • Brothers Karamazov – Fredor Dostoyevsky
  • A Visit From The Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan
  • Sentimental Education – Gustave Flaubert
  • History Of Beauty/On Beauty – Umberto Eco
  • Straw Dogs – John Grey
  • Fragments – Heraclitus
  • The Map And The Territory – Michel Houellebecq
  • The Hunting Gun – Yasushi Inoue
  • The House Of The Sleeping Virgins – Yasunari Kawabata
  • The Shock Doctrine – Naomi Klein
  • Salem’s Lot – Stephen King
  • Skylark – Dezso Kostolanyi
  • The Notebook Trilogy – Agota Kristof
  • Here – Richard Mcguire
  • Bartleby – Herman Melville
  • The Genealogy Of Morals – Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Metamorphosis – Ovid
  • The Labyrinth Of Solitude – Octavio Paz
  • The Overstory – Richard Powers
  • In Search Of Lost Time – Marcel Proust
  • The Devil In The Flesh – Raymond Radiguet
  • Pedro Páramo – Juan Rulfo
  • Antigone – Sophocles
  • Perfect Day For A Banana Fish – J.D. Salinger
  • The Driver’s Seat – Muriel Spark
  • Spring Days – Ivan Turgenev
  • The Death Of Ivan Ilich – Leo Tolstoy
  • Wakefield – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Candide – Voltaire

About Amaryllis


Amaryllis is our bookshop blogger.


Her pen name is taken from Alice Thomas Ellis’ Other Side of the Fire, which is unfortunately and scandalously out of print. One of the funniest bits in the book is the bodice-ripper that one of the characters is writing and the female - who slays the men with one toss of her raven locks and one glance from her fiery green eyes as she strides among the glens, faithful wolfhound by her side - is Amaryllis! And the name just seemed to suit so here we are.

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