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Beautifully written and critically acclaimed, this is the definitive biography of one of our most fascinating cultural icons
Bruce Chatwin's death in 1989 brought a meteoric career to an abrupt end, since he burst onto the literary scene in 1977 with his first book, In Patagonia.
Chatwin himself was different things to different people: a journalist, a photographer, an art collector, a restless traveller and a bestselling author; he was also a married man, an active homosexual, a socialite who loved to mix with the rich and famous, and a single-minded loner who explored the limits of extreme solitude.
From unrestricted access to Chatwin's private notebooks, diaries and letters, Nicholas Shakespeare has compiled the definitive biography of one of the most charismatic and elusive literary figures of our time.
'A magnificent work of empathy and detection'
Colin Thubron, Sunday Times
Philip Marsden, Mail on Sunday
'A fascinating account of the man behind the myth'
Ian Thomson, Guardian
Praise for Madonna
Enduring superstar gets the biography she deservesMojo
A mighty volumeMail on Sunday
Madonna remains one of the most fascinating women of our timeTelegraph
O'Brien is a capable and intelligent writer...a refreshing biography of the iconic popstressGuardian
If Madonna is your Elvis you will devour Lucy O'Brien's definitive biography; not only can she write properly, but her book is objective, immaculately researched and illuminating.Irish Examiner
Lucy O'Brien's measured and comprehensive profile takes a look at [Madonna's] extraordinary life to date, focusing on the cultural impact she's made.The Good Book Guide
British rock journalist Lucy O'Brien seeks to go beyond the fastidiously cultivated image and get a glimpse of the woman behind the veil. She uncovers some fascinating, often shocking, nuggets.Irish Independent
An illuminating study of a complex, iconic woman, covering her life, her relationships and what motivates her as a woman and an artist.Sainsbury's magazine
With detailed, surgical precision O'Brien bores to the heart of her subject, a heart that is, by turns, cold, impenetrable but forever beating.Paul Tierney, arts journalist