His father was a solicitor who, at the time of his children's birth another son, Hugh, was born in was serving abroad in the Royal Navy. Bruce Chatwin was educated at Marlborough College and was expected to go on to Oxford.
Instead, he found a job at Sotheby's Auctioneers, beginning as a porter but soon becoming the youngest-ever director of that firm. She was a devout Roman Catholic who attended Mass every week, but Chatwin did not convert, nor did his marriage prevent him from having innumerable affairs with both men and women. The couple had no children.
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In , Chatwin resigned from Sotheby's to study archaeology at Edinburgh University, but abandoned this after two years of the four-year course, leaving to travel and to write for The Sunday Times newspaper. His first book, "In Patagonia", appeared in He died in a nursing home in Seillans in the South of France, being the first well-known Englishman to succumb to AIDS, and was cremated two days later in a chapel near Nice.
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His memorial service was held on the 14th. February at the Greek Cathedral of St. Sophia in Bayswater, London. If it had not been for his illness, he had intended to travel in September to Mount Athos and convert to the Orthodox Church. The service was notable for the fact that it marked Salman Rushdie's last appearance in public for many years, because, that morning, the fatwa had been pronounced on him by the Ayatollah. The following day, Chatwin's widow flew to Greece and buried his ashes in an unmarked grave beneath an olive tree in front of the 12th.
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Introduction by Chatwin's biographer, Nicholas Shakespeare
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