The Albatross | Bruce Chatwin | Granta Magazine

The Albatross

Bruce Chatwin

‘On the south side of the Beagle Channel is the Chilean island of Navarino, with its naval base at Puerto Williams. I hoped to walk around the coast and get a glimpse of Hermit Island, which is the breeding colony of the black-browed Albatross.’

Bruce Chatwin

Bruce Chatwin (1940–1989) was a British travel writer and novelist. After working first at Sotheby’s, and then for the Sunday Times, he made a pilgrimage to Patagonia in 1974, which inspired the book that launched his writing career. In Patagonia won the Hawthornden Prize and the E.M. Forster Award. Chatwin went on to write many successful travel memoirs, including The Songlines, about Indigenous Australian mythology. His novel, Utz, was shortlisted for the 1988 Booker Prize.

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