Bruce Chatwin

Your home for news on Bruce Chatwin and literary travel.


Apologies all for the recent silence. I’ve been away in Western China visiting – amongst others – the famous Doctor Ho of Yunnan whom Chatwin wrote about in this article for the New York Times. More on that soon – in the meantime, here’s a picture of the Doctor with – above him – his collection of Bruce Chatwin books:


The major news in the intervening weeks has been the death of Patrick Leigh Fermor, Chatwin’s great friend and mentor.
There have been a number of pieces written on Leigh Fermor; perhaps the pick of them are these three:

Jan Morris in the Guardian
William Dalrymple in The Daily Beast
Christopher Hitchens in Slate

Most express a sentiment which I share – that we shall not see his like again.