When I was a teenager, we lived in the next street over from Portobello Road, home of the famous street market.
A man charming and genial enough to be spiritual leader, but with a cold, ruthless heart. He will sacrifice anyone if he thinks their death will get him what he wants. v
The character of Johnny’s friend and onetime lover, Sir Wilfred Stepney, is based on two painters: Lucian Freud, who wasn’t gay, and David Hockney, who is.
The Cheyne Arts Club is based on the Chelsea Arts Club in London. A members-only social club, I remember going there a lot with my parents when I was a kid, though I don’t remember if my parents were members, or if we were always there because friends were. I have strong memories of the…