Bruce Chatwin was born in Sheffield, England. His novel Utz was nominated for the 1988 Booker Prize.
Between 1972 and 1975 he worked for the Sunday Times, before announcing his departure in a telegram: ‘Gone to Patagonia for six months.’ This trip inspired the first of Chatwin’s books, In Patagonia, which won the Hawthornden Prize and the E.M. Forster Award and launched his writing career.
Two of his books have been made into feature films: The Viceroy of Ouidah (retitled Cobra Verde), directed by Werner Herzog, and On the Black Hill, directed by Andrew Grieve. He died tragically young, aged only 48.