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Bruce Chatwin


Bruce Chatwin was born in 1940 in Sheffield but grew up in Birmingham He went to the British public school Marlborough and then went to work for Sotheby’s art department. After working there for eight years, he started an archeology course at Edinburgh University but dropped out after two years and then went to work for the Sunday Times. While at Sotheby’s he married Elizabeth Chanler who also worked there. They separated after fifteen years but resumed their relationship towards the end of his life. When interviewing the ninety-three year old designer Eileen Gray, he was persuaded to go to Patagonia, which led to his first book. He went on to write several travel books, particularly about remote places, as well as two novels, also with remote settings. He died of a “rare Chinese disease” (which was, in fact, AIDS) in 1989.

Books about Bruce Chatwin

Susannah Clapp: With Chatwin Portrait of a Writer
Nicholas Murray: Bruce Chatwin
Nicholas Shakespeare: Bruce Chatwin

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“Bruce Chatwin: A Biography” (review of the Shakespeare biography but lots about Chatwin)
In Search of the Miraculous (on Chatwin’s travel writing)


1977 In Patagonia (travel)
1980 The Viceroy of Ouidah (novel)
1982 On the Black Hill (novel)
1985 Patagonia Revisited (US: Nowhere is a Place: Travels in Patagonia) (with Paul Theroux) (travel)
1987 The Songlines (travel)
1988 Utz (novel)
1989 What Am I Doing Here? (essays/travel/stories)
1993 Photographs and Notebooks
1993 Far Journeys: Photographs and Notebooks
1996 Anatomy of Restlessness: Selected Writings, 1969-1989 (essays/travel/stories)
1998 Winding Paths (photographs)
2010 Under the Sun: The Letters of Bruce Chatwin