Rory Stewart, 'Walking with Chatwin'

'The publication of Bruce Chatwin’s The Songlines in 1987 transformed English travel writing; it made it cool. … Chatwin was as attractive as a person as he was as a writer. The New York Times review of The Songlines ran: “Nearly every writer of my generation in England has wanted, at some point, to be Bruce Chatwin, wanted to be talked about, as he is, with raucous envy; wanted, above all, to have written his books.”’