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Francis Bacon in Your Blood

Narrated by: Michael Peppiatt
Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
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It is a story I have been wanting to write for a long time, telling it as it really was before that whole world that I shared with Francis vanishes....

Michael Peppiatt met Francis Bacon in June 1963 in Soho's French House to request an interview for a student magazine he was editing. Bacon invited him to lunch, and over oysters and Chablis they began a friendship and a no-holds-barred conversation that would continue until Bacon's death 30 years later.

Fascinated by the artist's brilliance and charisma, Peppiatt accompanied him on his nightly round of prodigious drinking from grand hotel to louche club and casino, seeing all aspects of Bacon's 'gilded gutter life' and meeting everybody around him, from Lucian Freud and Sonia Orwell to East End thugs; from predatory homosexuals to Andy Warhol and the Duke of Devonshire. He also frequently discussed painting with Bacon in his studio, where only the artist's closest friends were ever admitted. The Soho photographer, John Deakin, who introduced the young student to the famous artist, called Peppiatt 'Bacon's Boswell'.

Despite the chaos Bacon created around him Peppiatt managed to record scores of their conversations ranging over every aspect of life and art, love and death, the revelatory and hilarious as well as the poignantly tragic.

Gradually Bacon became a kind of father figure for Peppiatt, and the two men's lives grew closely intertwined. In this intimate and deliberately indiscreet account, Bacon is shown close-up, grand and petty, tender and treacherous by turn, and often quite unlike the myth that has grown up around him. This is a speaking portrait, a living likeness, of the defining artist of our times.

©2015 Michael Peppiatt (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Riveting!

Highly enjoyable and fascinating account of the author's experiences with painter Francis Bacon. Great anecdotes, I especially enjoyed the high camp conversations from the colony room featuring the legendary Muriel Belcher.

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Fascinating. Listened in a one-er.

This book is interesting on so many levels - the work of Francis Bacon, his life, his friends, Paris and Soho. I loved it.

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Prefect for Bacon lovers

This is an almost perfect insight to one of our greatest artists, living up to the mythic stories of Soho, drinking and painting whilst giving better understanding to the very human person behind images that forever changed the landscape of painting. At times it falls into a pattern of recounting Becon at his most poetic then listing the dinner menu along with the wine list at some expensive restaurant in which this happened to often but honestly you can forgive it is flaws you can't help but wish you where at the table.

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An Incredible Insight

A moving and powerful epilogue was the perfect ending to a throughly enthralling biography. The author’s own narration of his book adds so much to the story. I will read the text version too, to review the many locations, french phrases, and artists mentioned. An incredible book.

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Totally mesmerising

Absolutely fascinating from start to finish. The narration by the author himself made me oscillate between feeling like I was actually present and wishing I had been.

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  • hester
  • 14-09-18

Absolutely delicious!

Everything about this audio book is brilliant. I can't possibly imagine a better version or account of Bacon's life.-not even Proust's! Peppiat's narration is as fundamental as his relationship with Bacon. I especially enjoyed how he so perfectly imitated Francis's voice. BRAVO!!!!!

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  • Sarah
  • 23-07-18

A compelling listen

A captivating story of the authors friendship with the artist. Read brilliantly by the author

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  • Samantha Robinson
  • 02-11-19

Captivating

I truly enjoyed the authors telling of his own life along side Francis Bacon's. Funny and captivating.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-05-19

A wonderful tapestry

Beautifully written and narrated. Deeply insightful and honest weaving of the fabric, context and life of Francis Bacon.

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  • Bryan E. Hall
  • 20-04-20

Fantastic

This book was so well written and the story so captivating that I too feel like Bacon is in my blood. Highly Recommend.

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  • thomas m rasmussen
  • 23-02-20

Extraordinarily engaging

The author through, his writing and narration, brings the most extraordinary people to life. I want to read Peppiatt’s other writings and see Bacon’s art in person.

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  • jessica
  • 11-11-19

Inspiring read

A wonderful narrative of one of the most influential painters by one of the most incredible writers. To truly understand bacon, this would be on your list as an important point of research.