new british talent


He had a van and everything. “How d'you drive it?” “I’ve got a small argentinian boy, I don’t need to tell you my business!”


IN PATAGONIA - Bruce Chatwin

When In Patagonia was published in 1977 it heralded the arrival of a startling new talent in British literature. Critics were spellbound by a story of an adventure which blurred the boundaries between travel writing, biography, history and memoir.

Chatwin’s first book continues to inspire generations of travellers and writers. In 2017 we will celebrate the enduring status of In Patagonia with a new 40th anniversary edition.

The cover design is made from various mediums including old brown paper, photographs and paint and takes inspiration from the incredible colours and terrain of Patagonia.


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The players - In the last in our new British talent series, Andrew Pulver introduces the people bringing fresh life to our film industry

Name: Richard Armitage                                        Age: 33

What he does: With a strong grounding in theatre, and a place in the Cold Feet cast, Armitage came of age in TV drama with a high profile lead role in the current BBC adaptation of North and South. He’s now making the switch to film, and the offbeat drama Frozen, starring Shirley Henderson, has given him his first significant role.

He says: “I enjoy going to the movies much more than I used to, mostly because I understand the medium better. But TV and film are different fields, with a different bunch of actors. I know I’ll have to go down the pecking order, and I’m sure I’ll be very frustrated for a while. But every time you achieve something you move the goal posts a bit further.”

We say: Armitage’s glowering turn as the top-hatted Thornton has put him in the driving seat to be the new Colin Firth. Even if he doesn’t have a cheerleader like Helen Fielding, his thespianic commitment to fine writing has taken him towards original, oddball film-making. But Richard Curtis is probably already casting covetous eyes in his direction. 

The Guardian, December 3, 2004   ♛