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Reissue of a classic work about one of Britain's greatest painters

Widely regarded as the best British painter since Turner, very little is known about Francis Bacon's life. In this, the first-ever book to be written about his, Daniel Farson, friend and confidant to Bacon for over forty years, gives a highly personal, first-hand account of the man as he knew him. From his sexual adventures to his rise from obscurity to international fame, Farson gives us unique insight into Bacon's genius.


It preserves precisely the aspects of Bacon that will be hardest for scholarly researchers to capture...no-one can convey better than Farson the fun of Bacon's company and the louche adventures of the Soho underworld

Lynn Barber, Independent on Sunday

Positively Runyonesque...well-written, entertaining, and above all, thought-provoking

David Mellor, Daily Telegraph

Startlingly revealing

Times Literary Supplement

The most fascinatingly provacative, intimate study of an artist I have ever read

Patrick Skene Catling, Evening Standard

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    April 5, 1994


    320 pages

    RRP $27.99

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  • The Gilded Gutter Life Of Francis Bacon
    Daniel Farson



    January 31, 2014

    Vintage Digital

    320 pages

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