Jonathan Chatwin


Jonathan Chatwin is the author of Long Peace Street: A walk in modern China, and Anywhere Out of the World, a literary biography of the travel writer and novelist Bruce Chatwin. He holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Exeter.

His essays and articles have been published by the British Film Institute, the Los Angeles Review of Books and the Asian Review of Books, and he writes regularly on Chinese history and culture for a range of publications.

Advanced praise for Long Peace Street

'Even the most dedicated flaneur has to work hard to find the charm in Chang'an Avenue, the main thoroughfare of, as Jonathan Chatwin rightly describes it, the "glorious mess of Beijing". Industrial relics, bankrupt theme parks, rabbit hutch housing, paranoid Communist Party elite boltholes and Tiananmen's ghosts all loom large. But Chatwin walks the walk and, along the way dissects the street, its denizens and its enduring role in China's history and collective modern traumas.'

Paul French, New York Times bestselling author of Midnight in Peking and City of Devils: A Shanghai Noir.

This three-dimension, moving timeline along the heart of imperial and contemporary Beijing made me want to head out the door and follow Chatwin's flaneur footsteps. "Long Peace Street" seamlessly blends history and reporting, shining a light on both the capital's neglected bookends and its dense core. I couldn't put it down.

Michael Meyer, author of The Last Days of Old Beijing, In Manchuria, and The Road to Sleeping Dragon.

'Jonathan Chatwin offers a distinctive window onto Beijing's past and present by taking readers along with him on a long trek down an important thoroughfare. An appealing mix of anecdotes from a journey and digressions backward in time make Long Peace Street a novel addition to the rich literature on China's sprawling capital.'

Jeffrey Wasserstrom, coauthor of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know.

Praise for Anywhere Out of the World

'[An] intelligent and readable survey ... Jonathan Chatwin's acute probing yields the best account yet of the origins of [Bruce] Chatwin's restless mania.' The TLS, 15th February 2013