Nicholas Shakespeare is the author of The Vision of Elena Silves, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, The High Flyer, for which he was nominated one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists in 1993, and The Dancer Upstairs, chosen by the American Library Association as the Best Novel of 1997.

He spent eight years researching Bruce Chatwin: A Biography (Doubleday, 2000, ISBN 0-385-49829-2), and in this brilliant work on the enigmatic British author and adventurer, Shakespeare demonstates a masterful sense of style, structure, and empathy.

"An epic work of immense satisfaction. In awe-inspiring detail and with a rounding-out of all the other characters, Shakespeare takes us successively through the milieux of Chatwin's life...and drenches all those worlds in their emotional, human implications."
—Duncan Fallowell, The Times

"Biographies don't come any better than this."
—Justin Wintle, Financial Times

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