A biography of Bruce Chatwin, based on private notebooks, diaries, letters and hundreds of interviews. It illuminates the many sides of Chatwin, from Sotheby's director, archaeologist, "Sunday Times" journalist and traveller to devoted husband and active gay, socialite and loner.
Shortlisted for Whitbread Prize (Biography) 1999 and Whitbread Book Awards: Biography Category 1999.
"Of my contemporaries he had the most erudite and possibly the most brilliant mind." - Salman Rushdie
"An epic piece of work of immense satisfaction--awe-inspiring." - "The Times"
"A fascinating account of the man behind the myth." - "Guardian"
"Nicholas Shakespeare's biography of Chatwin sweeps aside years of speculation and hearsay and gives us as intimate a picture of this enigmatic author as we can ever hope to have...utterly compelling." - "Mail on Sunday"
"Comprehensively researched, elegantly written, perfectly balanced between the life, the books and the ideas." - "Independent on Sunday"
"Quite simply, one of the most beautifully written, painstakingly researched and cleverly constructed biographies of this decade...original, intelligent and observant." - "Literary Review"