Mr Anthony Quinn

Fast Facts

  • Restaurant: Barrafina
  • Hotel: The Inn at Whitewell
  • Tailor: Hayward
  • Album: The Nightfly by Donald Fagen
  • Book: The Folding Star by Alan Hollinghurst
  • City: London
  • Essential item: Burberry mac

Biography

Mr Anthony Quinn was born in Liverpool in 1964. He is a novelist, and has been the film critic for The Independent since 1998. His first novel, The Rescue Man, won the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award in 2009 and his second novel, Half of the Human Race, was published in 2011. His latest book, The Streets, about Victorian poverty, was released in October 2012.

Mr Quinn's Recommendations

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT AND DISH

Barrafina on Frith Street in London. For the tuna tartare.”

BEST BAR

“The bar at J. Sheekey.”

VACATION CHOICE

The Villa San Michele in Fiesole. It is the greatest hotel in Italy's most beautiful city.”

TOP CITY

“London. It has everything you could want or need.”

FAVOURITE HOTEL

The Inn at Whitewell in the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire. It's the epitome of cosiness, it has fantastic food and the setting is incomparable.”

TYPE OF BAG

“Rucksack: Ally Capellino . Briefcase: Valextra .”

FAVOURED BRAND

Hayward for suits, Richard James bespoke for shirts, Berluti for shoes.”

ESSENTIAL WARDROBE ITEM

“A Burberry Accessories mac, rain or shine (usually rain).”

MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN

“Queen Rania of Jordan.”

STYLE ICON

“George Sanders – he made it look effortless.”

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STYLE TIP

“Good manners are as important as a good suit.”

TAILOR

Hayward, always.”

BEST SHIRT BRAND

Richard James . The high collar sits properly.”

FAVOURITE SUIT

Hayward.”

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CUT OF TROUSERS

Marni narrow leg, dark navy, cotton.”

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JEANS BRAND

“I never wear jeans.”

UNDERWEAR CHOICE

Paul Smith , Calvin Klein Underwear or Under.”

PREFERRED JACKET STYLE

Hayward two-button for formal; Richard James for party style.”

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SHOE MAKER

“Berluti. The "Andy" loafer is super elegant and the only good thing Warhol ever put his name to.”

FAVOURITE GROOMING PRODUCT

“Santa Maria Novella lavender cologne – you have to smell it to know why.”

DREAM CAR

“A vintage Bentley drophead.”

WATCH BRAND

“Rolex.”

BEST BOOK

The Folding Star by Alan Hollinghurst. It's a modern masterpiece.”

FAVOURITE ALBUM

The Nightfly by Donald Fagen, for the same reason.”

Brands Favoured by Mr Quinn