7 Things Nigel Told Me About Bruce Chatwin
that Bruce was tough.
that Bruce preferred a white hotel room with just the minimum in it.
that Bruce used to say: ‘My wife lives in a damp valley and breeds horses.’
that Bruce always had his notebook out and was always writing.
that Bruce used to say: ‘Keep it simple. Avoid metaphors as much as possible.
After all, you want to be translated.’
that once he and Bruce were running for a bus in Rio and a small kid was in the
way and Bruce just shouldered the kid aside.
that Bruce used to say: ‘I’m not gay; I’m a bugger.’
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Harry Ricketts teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at Victoria University of Wellington. His most recent collection of poems is Your Secret Life (2005).