1 | Fifty years after the release of The Great Escape, arguably his most iconic film, we bring you exclusive extracts from the new book Steve McQueen: The Cooler King in which people who worked with, raced against and even shared a bed with the great Steve McQueen share their memories of the star. Perhaps the highlight of this unique spoken history is the tale of what Who drummer and legendary wild man Keith Moon once left on McQueen’s porch (a deposit that explains why the star wanted to kill him).
2 | McQueen’s flight jacket in The Great Escape takes its place in the leather jacket Hall of Fame. What else did you expect? But who else appears, and which leather jackets should you be investing in this winter? Find out inside.
3 | Who hasn’t enjoyed the spectacle of Mayor Rob Ford’s ongoing comedy meltdown? Here, in the first of a new regular series, Esquire Contributing Editor Michael Holden puts himself in the addled mind of Toronto’s erratic leader, and unleashes a rant that borders on the atomic.
4 | His appointment was met with howls of disapproval from Southampton fans but Mauricio Pochettino has turned the Saints into one of the best sides in the Premier League. We speak to those who played with and knew the Argentine during his career at Newell’s Old Boys and then Espanyol in Spain, and those who have been part of his remarkable revolution at St Mary’s. This weekend, Pochettino’s exciting young team faces another stiff test: away to the unpredictable Chelsea.
5 | “Dunno.” It’s the default male answer to the question: what do you want for Christmas? In part 1 of The Esquire Man’s Xmas Gift List we present 12 items, across a wide price range, to ensure that a tangerine doesn’t make it into your stocking this year.
6 | The remake of Carrie is getting monstered by the critics, but are all horror refits really so bad? Not according to genre specialist Gareth Dimelow, who presents an apologist’s guide to revamped slashers, spine-tinglers and gore fests.
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