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Queer Saint comes out

Queer Saint: The Cultured Life of Peter Watson is out today in the UK.


“READS LIKE A CROSS BETWEEN BRIDESHEAD REVISITED AND CABARET … RIVETING"

Neil McKenna, author of The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde and Fanny & Stella


When Peter Watson was murdered in his bath by a jealous boyfriend in 1956, the art world lost one of its wealthiest, most influential patrons. This compellingly attractive man, adored by Cecil Beaton; a man who was called a legend by contemporaries, who was the subject of two scandalous novels, and who helped launch the careers of Francis Bacon, John Craxton and Lucian Freud, fell victim to a fortune-hungry lover.

Gorgeously elegant and hungrily sexual, Peter Watson had a taste for edgy, disreputable boyfriends. He was the unrequited love of Cecil Beaton’s life – his "queer saint" – but Peter preferred the risk of edgier, less sophisticated lovers, including the beautiful, volatile, drug-addicted prostitute Denham Fouts. Peter’s thirst for adventure took him from 1920s Eton and Oxford to the cabaret culture of 1930s Berlin, the demi-monde and aristocratic salons of pre-war Paris, English high society, and the glitz of Hollywood’s golden age.

© Jeremy Dronfield 2017