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on 23 August 2000
The best way to annoy Bruce Chatwin would probably have been, on the basis of this biography, to file his books under the Travel section, or the Gay Author section. Which is ironic, since his bisexuality and wanderlust are two key themes in this immaculately researched and skillfully written biography. Nicholas has been granted access not only to most of Bruce's friends, associates and relations, but also his extensive notebooks, at one time thought to be so scandalous that they were to be held in the Bodleian library away from the public until 2010. This book is a journey in its own right though - Shakespeare travels in the footsteps of Chatwin through Africa, Argentina and Australia, but never lets his subject over take him - this is a well paced and balanced book. Chatwin was never a prolific writer - he wrote marginally less than Jane Austen, and never had a strong reputation as an author until his final years. In an ideal world, this book would be read as a companion to Chatwin's own work. However, whether you have read all, or some, of his writing, I can definitely recommend this book.
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