Freddie Mercury, The Great Pretender

1. All images from Freddie Mercury, The Great Pretender, A Life in Pictures (Goodman Books, £25), available from Telegraph Books at £18 + £1.35p&p or call 0844 871 1515.

Freddie Mercury, The Great Pretender

2. On his way to the Fire Temple for his birthday celebration. The family might usually have travelled by local taxi.

Freddie Mercury, The Great Pretender

3. From the age of seven, Freddie attended St Peter’s school in Panchgani, India. He was something of a star pupil, winning a cup for ‘Best Achiever’.

Freddie Mercury, The Great Pretender

4. Freddie studied at Ealing Art College, where his contemporaries included Peter Townshend and Ronnie Wood. It was here that he started thinking about pursuing a career in music.

Freddie Mercury, The Great Pretender

5. A photoshoot for Queen done at Freddie’s flat in Holland Park

Freddie Mercury, The Great Pretender

6. Freddie at a photoshoot in Primrose Hill in north London in September 1974

Freddie Mercury, The Great Pretender

7. Freddie with his parents Jer and Bomi Bulsara on a visit to his Kensington flat

Freddie Mercury, The Great Pretender

8. Freddie backstage at the Rainbow Theatre, London in November 1974

Freddie Mercury, The Great Pretender

9. Images taken by Freddie’s bandmate Brian May using a stereo camera. I almost always carried a stereo camera with us on tour.

Freddie Mercury, The Great Pretender

10. The Duck House on the edge of Lake Geneva in Montreux, Switzerland, became Freddie’s haven from the attentions of the media during the latter part of his career.

Freddie Mercury, The Great Pretender