Patrick Leigh Fermor

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Patrick Leigh Fermor

Patrick Leigh Fermor

An Adventure

  • Author: Artemis Cooper
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 184854670X
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 464
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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 cloest 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.

In Tearing Haste

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In Tearing Haste

In Tearing Haste

Letters Between Deborah Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor,Deborah Devonshire
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1444726668
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 416
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In spring 1956, Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire - youngest of the six legendary Mitford sisters - invited the writer and war hero Patrick Leigh Fermor to visit Lismore Castle, the Devonshires' house in Ireland. This halcyon visit sparked off a deep friendship and a lifelong exchange of sporadic but highly entertaining letters. There can rarely have been such contrasting styles: Debo, unashamed philistine and self-professed illiterate (though suspected by her friends of being a secret reader), darts from subject to subject while Paddy, polyglot, widely read prose virtuoso, replies in the fluent, polished manner that has earned him recognition as one of the finest writers in the English language. Prose notwithstanding, the two friends have much in common: a huge enjoyment of life, youthful high spirits, warmth, generosity and lack of malice. There are glimpses of President Kennedy's inauguration, weekends at Sandringham, stag hunting in France, filming with Errol Flynn in French Equatorial Africa and, above all, of life at Chatsworth, the great house that Debo spent much of her life restoring, and of Paddy in the house that he and his wife Joan designed and built on the southernmost peninsula of Greece.

Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Life in Letters

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Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Life in Letters

Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Life in Letters

  • Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • Publisher: New York Review of Books
  • ISBN: 168137157X
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 512
  • View: 1938
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The first extensive collection of letters written by war hero and travel writing legend Patrick Leigh Fermor. Handsome, spirited, and erudite, Patrick Leigh Fermor was a war hero and one of the greatest travel writers of his generation. He was also a wonderful friend. The letters in this collection span almost seventy years, the first written ten days before Paddy’s twenty-fifth birthday, the last when he was ninety-four, and the correspondents include Deborah Devonshire, Nancy Mitford, Lawrence Durrell, Diana Cooper, and his lifelong companion, Joan Rayner. The letters exhibit many of Fermor’s most engaging characteristics: his lust for life, his unending curiosity, his lyrical descriptive powers, his love of language, his exuberance, and his tendency to get into scrapes—particularly when drinking and, quite separately, driving. Here are plenty of extraordinary stories: the hunt for Byron’s slippers in one of the remotest regions of Greece; an ignominious dismissal from Somerset Maugham’s Villa Mauresque; and hiding behind a bush to dub Dirk Bogarde into Greek during the shooting of Ill Met by Moonlight. The letters radiate warmth and gaiety; many are enhanced with witty illustrations and comic verse, while others contain riddles and puns. Every one of them entertains.

Patrick Leigh Fermor

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Patrick Leigh Fermor

Patrick Leigh Fermor

Noble Encounters between Budapest and Transylvania

  • Author: Michael O'Sullivan
  • Publisher: Central European University Press
  • ISBN: 6155225648
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 310
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This book revisits the trajectory of one section of Patrick Leigh Fermor's famous pedestrian excursion from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. This S.O.E. officer walked into Hungary as a youth of 19 at Easter of 1934 and left Transylvania in August. "A cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene" as the New York Times obituary put it in 2011, this intrepid traveller published his experiences half a century later. Between the Woods and the Water covers the part of the epic journey on foot from the middle Danube to the Iron Gates. It has been a bestseller since it was first published in 1986. O'Sullivan reveals the identity of the interesting characters in the travelogue, interviewing several of their descendants and meticulously recreating Leigh Fermor's time spent among the Hungarian nobility. Leigh Fermor's recollections of his 1934 contacts are at once a proof of a lifelong attraction for the aristocracy, and a confirmation of his passionate love of history and understanding of the region. Rich with photos and other rare documents on places and persons both from the 1930s and today, the book offers a compelling social and political history of the period and the area. Described by Professor Norman Stone as "a major work of Hungarian social archaeology," this book provides a portrait of Hungary and Transylvania on the brink of momentous change.

Dashing for the Post

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Dashing for the Post

Dashing for the Post

The Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1473622484
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 496
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A revelatory collection of letters written by the author of The Broken Road. Handsome, spirited and erudite, Patrick Leigh Fermor was a war hero and one of the greatest travel writers of his generation. He was also a spectacularly gifted friend. The letters in this collection span almost seventy years, the first written ten days before Paddy's twenty-fifth birthday, the last when he was ninety-four. His correspondents include Deborah Devonshire, Ann Fleming, Nancy Mitford, Lawrence Durrell, Diana Cooper and his lifelong companion, Joan Rayner; he wrote his first letter to her in his cell at the monastery Saint Wandrille, the setting for his reflections on monastic life in A Time to Keep Silence. His letters exhibit many of his most engaging characteristics: his zest for life, his unending curiosity, his lyrical descriptive powers, his love of language, his exuberance and his tendency to get into scrapes - particularly when drinking and, quite separately, driving. Here are plenty of extraordinary stories: the hunt for Byron's slippers in one of the remotest regions of Greece; an ignominious dismissal from Somerset Maugham's Villa Mauresque; hiding behind a bush to dub Dirk Bogarde into Greek during the shooting of Ill Met by Moonlight, the film based on the story of General Kreipe's abduction; his extensive travels. Some letters contain glimpses of the great and the good, while others are included purely for the joy of the jokes.

A Time to Keep Silence

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A Time to Keep Silence

A Time to Keep Silence

  • Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1848547021
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 300
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From the French Abbey of St Wandrille to the abandoned and awesome Rock Monasteries of Cappadocia in Turkey, the celebrated travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor studies the rigorous contemplative lives of the monks and the timeless beauty of their monastic surroundings. In his occasional retreats, the peaceful solitude and the calm enchantment of the monasteries was passed on as a kind of 'supernatural windfall' which A Time to Keep Silence so effortlessly records.

My Unique Lifetime Association With Patrick Leigh Fermor

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My Unique Lifetime Association With Patrick Leigh Fermor

My Unique Lifetime Association With Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • Author: Helias Doundoulakis ; Gabriella Gafni
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 1503587444
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 92
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Although many accounts have been written about Patrick Leigh Fermor, the great travel writer, prose poet, adventurer and Renaissance man, few are more deeply personal and direct than this narrative by Helias Doundoulakis, author of I Was Trained To Be a Spy, Books I & II. The German presence was still everywhere on the island of Crete in July, 1942 when Helias, a nineteen-year-old member of his brother George’s famed resistance movement, went to the bus station in Chania Porte to greet Patrick Leigh Fermor (then known to the Greeks by his code name, “Mihalis”), who was scheduled to replace Captain Thomas Dunbabin of the Special Operations Executive (the “SOE”), the British equivalent of the United States Office of Strategic Services (the “OSS”), formed to assist local resistance movements fighting against the Axis powers. Filled with a spirit of adventure, young Helias hardly knew what to expect of the new captain, and was stunned when he encountered the charismatic Leigh Fermor, whose carefree - often dangerous - approach to life excited and intrigued the boy. What followed was a unique lifetime friendship that surpassed both men’s expectations. Now, in his golden years, the author pays tribute to his memories of Leigh Fermor, and commemorates a time long gone, but never forgotten. Read this compelling account, and get to know two very remarkable figures and the heroes that supported the cause of freedom.


Stephanos Pesmazoglou, book review for Artemis Cooper's "Patrick Leigh Fermor: an adventure"

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Stephanos Pesmazoglou, book review for Artemis Cooper's "Patrick Leigh Fermor: an adventure"

Stephanos Pesmazoglou, book review for Artemis Cooper's

  • Author: Stephanos Pesmazoglou,ePub coders
  • Publisher: Creative Code
  • ISBN: 6188143543
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 16
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This book is a review, by Stephanos Pesmazoglou, on Artemis Cooper's biography of Patrick Leigh Fermor, who epitomised the double love affair with England and Greece for the whole period since the late 1930s from the late 1930s until his death in 2011. Additional suspense is provided by his leading the small group that captured General Kreipe, the newly arrived commander of German troops on Crete, which is the book’s centre of gravity. It is A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man who chose to never grow up even when he reached his late 90s. Back to top

More Dashing

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More Dashing

More Dashing

Further Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor

  • Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781408893692
  • Category: Soldiers
  • Page: 480
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The second volume of exuberant, lively letters from legendary travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor The first collection of letters from Patrick Leigh Fermor, Dashing for the Post, delighted critics and public alike. This second volume, More Dashing, presents a further selection of letters that exude a zest for life and adventure characteristic of the man known to all as 'Paddy'. Paddy's exuberant letters contain glimpses of the great and the good- a chance conversation with the Foreign Secretary, Anthony Eden, when Paddy opens the wrong door, or a glass of ouzo under the pine trees with Harold Macmillan. They describe encounters with such varied figures as Jackie Onassis, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Oswald Mosley and Peter Mandelson, while also relating adventures with the humble- a 'pick-nick' with the stonemasons at Kardamyli, or a drunken celebration in the Cretan mountains with his old comrades from the Resistance, most of them simple shepherds and goatherds. Paddy was at ease in any company o unfailingly charming, boyish, gentle and fun. Patrick Leigh Fermor has long been recognised as one of the greatest travel writers of his time. Nowhere is his restless curiosity and delight in language more dazzlingly displayed than in his letters, skilfully edited in this collection by Adam Sisman.

Loose As the Wind

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Loose As the Wind

Loose As the Wind

  • Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780146001253
  • Category: Europe
  • Page: 55
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