Artist friends who lived in Bacon's shadow

Biography: The Visitors' Book: In Francis Bacon's Shadow: The Lives of Richard Chopping and Denis Wirth-Miller, Jon Lys Turner, Constable, hdbk, 386 pages, €25

Bohemian world: Francis Bacon outside the Tate Britain gallery in London with his friends Richard Chopping and Denis Wirth-Miller.

Eamon Delaney on an absorbing book that charts the lives of two artists at the ­forefront of the Fitzrovia scene, a hedonistic successor to the Bloomsbury Set.