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
, 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."
, The Times
"Biographies don't come any better than this."
, Financial Times