Patrick Leigh Fermor

Patrick Leigh Fermor

An Adventure

Book - 2012
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Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011) was a war hero whose exploits in Crete are legendary, and above all he is widely acclaimed as the greatest travel writer of our times, notably for his books about his walk across pre-war Europe, A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water ; he was a self-educated polymath, a lover of Greece and the best company in the world.

Artemis Cooper has drawn on years of interviews and conversations with Paddy and his closest friends as well as having complete access to his archives. Her beautifully crafted biography portrays a man of extraordinary gifts - no one wore their learning so playfully, nor inspired such passionate friendship.
Publisher: London : John Murray, 2012.
ISBN: 9780719554490
0719554497
Characteristics: xiii, 448 pages, [16] pages of plates:,illustrations, plates, maps ;,24 cm

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deathbird
Oct 16, 2013

Patrick Leigh Fermor's books have always been pretty hard to forget after reading. I always found (and still find) myself going back to reread them again and again. This biography by Cooper is no different. As soon as I finished reading this amazing bio which reads more like an adventure story I had to go out and buy it for myself. Well written you will not get bored but you may wish that you had a time machine to go back in time and live those days and experiences that Fermor did while travelling Europe.

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bluehydrangea
Jun 23, 2013

I thought this was an excellent biography: it's written with clear-eyed honesty and warmth - seems like a rare combination! Really good.

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