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L&R Customers’ Choice: Patrick & Anne Louise

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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 next display is by two regular customers who both have extensive careers in publishing – Patrick Janson-Smith and Anne Louise Fisher.

Here are Anne Louise’s choices:

  • Swiss Family Robinson – Johann David Wyss

After my mother read this to me as a five year old I could never resist building tree houses. I fantasise about doing so to this day.

  • Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen

Like a comfort blanket it always makes me feel better.

  • Wild Swans – Jung Chang

One of the early books about life in China, published at a time when we knew so little.

  • Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

I could have chosen any one of his novels. Ishiguro is a writer unafraid of tackling the most difficult subjects.

  • A Little Life – Hanya Yanahigara

An unputdownable, painful, emotional rollercoaster.

  • Milkman – Anna Burns

Few books bring home so forcefully the power of language, how we behave to each other and the consequences.

  • East West Street – Phillippe Sands

Here are Patrick’s choices:

this really blew me away. The author, while researching his own family history, tells the stories of some who played key roles in the 2WW and the experiences of the Polish Jews of Lviv.

  • Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky – Patrick Hamilton
  • Cluny Brown – Margery Sharpe
  • Troubles – JG Farrell

Had it not been for the Lutyens & Rubinstein Book Club I might never have read these three authors, all three of whom are now firmly among my all time favourites, most especially Patrick Hamilton.

  • Red Dragon – Thomas Harris

One of the truly great thrillers, even better than its better known successor, The Silence of the Lambs. A chilling masterpiece.

  • Grief is the Thing With Feathers – Max Porter

Former bookseller and publisher Porter’s first novel; an extraordinary work which heralded the arrival of a major new talent. His second novel, Lanny, more than fulfils the promise.

  • Brother of the More Famous Jack – Barbara Trapido

The first novel I published under the Black Swan imprint (1983) and one I have read several times, always with immense pleasure.

  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

Just one of the truly great novels; fully deserving of its classic status.

  • Diary of a Nobody – George Grossmith

It was a toss up between this and The Compleet Molesworth by Willans & Searle as to which is my favourite comic novel. They’re both rib-ticklingly funny.

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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