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Drinking with Francis Bacon—Soho’s disreputable 1980s

Drink is the organising principle of this entertaining memoir

By Ian Irvine   November 2018
Not what it used to be: The French House in Soho

Not what it used to be: The French House in Soho

In the 1980s many things changed in Britain during the tenure of Mrs Thatcher, but in London and the South-East in particular, there was the rise of bourgeois triumphalism. It was the era of the Sloane Ranger and the rise of the Yuppie, a world of ecstatic materialism and hectic aspiration.

In this entertaining but melancholy memoir Christopher Howse recreates a milieu based in a few streets in…

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