Christopher Hart

Rise and Shine

Daily Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, and Get to Work

By Mason Currey

Picador 278pp £12.99 order from our bookshop

Erik Satie may have worn chestnut-coloured velvet suits, eaten thirty-egg omelettes and founded the Church of Jesus Christ the Conductor, but this was just bohemian decoration. He also walked 12 miles into and out of Paris every day, composing all the way. In his introduction to this wonderfully entertaining little book, Mason Currey quotes V S Pritchett: ‘Sooner or later, the great men turn out to be all alike. They never stop working. They never lose a minute. It is very depressing.’

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