The Existential Englishman: An Evening with Michael Peppiatt & Philip Hook

Date: Monday 4 March 2019
Location: Hatchards Piccadilly

Time: 18:30
General Admission: £6
Book & Admission: £28
Tickets available here.

The Existential Englishman is both a memoir and an intimate portrait of Paris ­- a city that can enchant, exhilarate and exasperate in equal measure. As Michael Peppiatt, the book’s author, remarks: ‘You reflect and become the city just as the city reflects and becomes you’.

Intensely personal, candid and entertaining, The Existential Englishman chronicles Peppiatt’s relationship with Paris in a series of vignettes structured around the half-dozen addresses he called home as a plucky young art critic. Having survived the tumultuous riots of 1968, Peppiatt traces his precarious progress from junior editor to magazine publisher, recalling encounters with a host of figures at the heart of Parisian artistic life – from Sartre, Beckett and Cartier-Bresson to Serge Gainsbourg and Catherine Deneuve. Peppiatt also takes us into the secret places that fascinate him most in this ancient capital, where memories are etched into every magnificent palace and humble cobblestone.

Hatchards are delighted to be hosting Michael Peppiatt at 18:30 on Monday 4 March, where he will be in conversation with Philip Hook, director and senior paintings specialist at Sotheby’s. Philip has worked in the art world for over thirty-five years, during which time he has also been a director of Christie’s and an international art dealer. He is the author of five novels and two works of art history, including a favourite at Hatchards: Breakfast at Sotheby’s.

Join us for what undoubtedly promises to be a fascinating evening. Tickets are £6 for General Admission, or £28 to reserve and purchase a hardback copy of The Existential Englishman as well as gain entry to the evening’s discussion.

Praise for The Existential Englishman:

‘If you’re interested in art, or writing, or Paris, it will ring bells in your head. I loved it.’ – William Leith, Evening Standard

‘Peppiatt’s account of his bohemian life in Paris is full of colour, character and charm … there are vivid descriptions of food, drink and romance here that both enrapture and inspire. … The Existential Englishman offers elegant proof that Michael Peppiatt’s powers of observation remain undimmed and acute.’ – Alexander Larman, Observer

‘On the page, [Peppiatt] remains probably one of the most eminent art writers of our time; off it, to judge by the swirl of parties, interviews, and chance encounters that fill this memoir, he is a gifted and indefatigable conversationalist.’ – Tim Smith-Laing, Sunday Telegraph

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