The Es­cape Artist

The best­sellers list is a well-trod­den path for any trav­eller. Step off the beaten track this sea­son with six al­ter­na­tive, ab­sorb­ing hol­i­day reads, as rec­om­mended by some of the most creative minds in menswear

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Fran­cis Ba­con In Your Blood By Michael Pep­pi­att Rec­om­mended by Daniel Kearns, creative direc­tor of Kent & Cur­wen

“I’ve al­ways been fas­ci­nated by Fran­cis Ba­con and his art­work. I picked up this mem­oir af­ter a trip to his stu­dio, which was re­lo­cated from Lon­don to Ire­land in the late 1990s and recre­ated at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. The writer, Pep­pi­att, is a Cam­bridge stu­dent who comes to Soho to in­ter­view Ba­con and, on meet­ing him, is pro­pelled into the un­der­ground art scene, mes­merised by Ba­con and his peers. I love the rare in­sight into Ba­con’s world. It’s amaz­ing to read about his per­son­al­ity and thought process – as well as those of the peo­ple around him, such as Lu­cian Freud, John Deakin and Ba­con’s lover Ge­orge Dyer. I con­sider Ba­con to be one of the greats and this book is funny and en­thralling. It in­spired me to cre­ate the “Artist” sec­tion of our AW18 col­lec­tion.”

Rec­om­mended by Christo­pher Rae­burn, creative direc­tor of Christo­pher Rae­burn

“For me, read­ing is 50% busi­ness re­search and 50% pure es­capism. Papil­lon is def­i­nitely the lat­ter. It’s a captivating story of ad­ven­ture about a man who is tried and con­victed in Paris for a mur­der that he didn’t com­mit. He is thrown into the French pe­nal sys­tem and the book fol­lows his im­pris­on­ment and es­cape, his hopes and fears – and ev­ery­thing else. It’s a good yarn. There’s also a se­quel called Banco. The first book ends with him jump­ing into the sea in an at­tempt to es­cape, with a gi­ant sack of co­conuts for floata­tion. That’s the last you hear of him. The next one re­veals that he did sur­vive, and ex­plores his life on the main­land af­ter be­ing re­leased. I’m in­ter­ested in be­liev­able things, not fan­tasies – the kind of sto­ries that make you think: ‘ What would I do?’”

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