I have had the book Francis Bacon- Anatomy of an Enigma sitting on my shelves for a long time, and finally the time is ripe to settle in. So far it is keeping my attention.
Here are my Cliff Notes if I need them. The painting technique link is interesting to boot.
When I had the opportunity to see his paintings in person I really appreciated them, actually really loved them. When I saw the movie about his life Love is the Devil, I absolutely detested it, thinking it was the biggest pretentious load of crap. I hope the book stays the course. At least it has actual reproductions of his work unlike the movie, which I think was mired in the problem of making a film about a painter with out the ability to show his work.