Geordie Greig has written a gripping, elegant and original book, shapely and full of unexpected matter. It will surely establish him as a master biographer.
V. S. Naipaul
Geordie Greig has written an extraordinary, candid book which is at times intensely shocking and at other times even more intensely moving.
Insightful, gossipy, funny, a bit shocking… The most entertaining biography I have read in a long time.
Philip Kerr, Daily Mail
Breakfast with Lucian is a superb, flawlessly crafted portrait of about as messy a life as was ever lived...out of which emerged the greatest British painter of the past one hundred years.
A must for lovers of that extraordinary artist.
Its appeal comes from its intimacy.
David Robinson, Scotsman
In this frank memoir, the British journalist Georgie Greig recounts his regular meetings with Freud.
Nick Curtis, Evening Standard
Both tender biography and blunt revelation. In that it is the first to reveal the man and the essential symbiosis of heterosexual obsession…with the messy business of painting, it is the most important book yet written on Freud.
Brian Sewell, Evening Standard
A riveting anecdotal portrait… Everywhere there are fascinating nuggets… A fond, fair-minded, thankfully non-judgmental and pretty full portrait of a person shaped around the people – and most saliently the lovers – who came into his life.
Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times
Greig has penetrated deep into the labyrinth of Freud’s private life. The result is a gripping page-turner about an endlessly fascinating and extraordinary man.
Lynn Barber, Sunday Times
Compelling and fascinating… It is a book fill of clues – generous with routes to an understanding of this massively difficult and hugely gifted individual.
William Boyd, Mail on Sunday
[It] will be on many an art lover's Christmas list this year.
Mary Lussiana, Country & Town House
Fond and faintly disturbing.
Nicky Haslam, Spectator
A rattlingly readable effort... Greig does a fine job revealing tales one suspects the artist may have wished to keep private.
Alastair Smart, Telegraph
Anybody with an ear for a good story, never mind an eye for fine art, will be beguiled.
Hephzibah Anderson, Mail on Sunday
Greig's fascinating, intimate biography of Lucian Freud was a revelation. Every question I had about Freud – from the aesthetic to the intrusively gossipy – was answered with great candour and judiciousness… Wry, dry and completely beguiling.
William Boyd, Guardian
[Greig’s] perceptive observations and eagle’s eye for detail immediately drew me in.
Rebecca Wallersteiner, Vantage
The Freud who emerges in this account is a slippery figure, not only for journalists who tried to explain him but also for his intimates.
Mr Greig's is a compelling portrait of a complete amoralist who became a monstre sacré.
Greig’s portrait glimmers with his eye for the telling detail.
Robert Collins, Sunday Times
A mesmerising book, seamlessly crafted, totally absorbing, and impossible to put down.
A very readable and enjoyable book, full of salacious detail of the artist and his fascinating life.
Julia Weiner, Jewish Chronicle
This intimate biography of Lucian Freud spares no blushes in its account of one of Britain's greatest painters, tracing his life and work through candid revelations about his views on art, relationships and family.
Charlotte Mullins, Art Quarterly
Building up brush stroke by brush stroke, Greig has produced a three-dimensional study of equal candour. Part demon, part genius, it is an absorbing portrait of the complexity of a strange human character.
Peter Lewis, Daily Mail
An unapologetic mixture of intelligent perception and high gossip... It is, overall, more revealing than anything about [Freud] yet written.
Frances Spalding, Guardian
I am captivated by this fascinating memoir... It's an extraordinary read.
Barbara Taylor Bradford, Daily Mail
Candid and intelligent.
A gripping, page-turning vision of Lucian Freud that penetrates deep into the artist's private life.
Sunday Times Online
Utterly engrossing and lavishly illustrated
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