Colin Thubron

Colin Thubron is the author of the prizewinning travel book Behind the Wall. His novel Falling is due in September.

Chatwin and the Hippopotamus

Colin Thubron, 22 June 1989

It is hard to read this book dispassionately. Its gathering of stories, portraits, travelogues and fragments embodies such a rush and depth of enthusiasm – the stuff of many lives lived in a single too-short one – that the reader grows haunted by regret for everything Bruce Chatwin would have written had he not died so early.

‘I’m English,’ I said: Colin Thubron

Christopher Tayler, 14 July 2011

Some writer-travellers – V.S. Naipaul, for instance – like to project themselves as illusionless figures, immune to prettifying, exoticising urges. Colin Thubron isn’t shy about...

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Michael Frayn hasn’t published a novel for 16 years, but it’s immediately clear from his new one that he hasn’t lost the trick of it. After so long a lay-off some...

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No Place for Journalists

Hilary Mantel, 1 October 1987

Foreign news organisations are not invited to operate in Saudi Arabia. The journalists who are permitted into the Kingdom by the Ministry of Information operate under severe constraints....

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