Patrick Leigh Fermor

Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915–2011) was an intrepid traveler and a heroic soldier who is widely considered to be one of the finest travel writers of the twentieth century. After his stormy schooldays, followed by the walk across Europe to Constantinople that begins in A Time of Gifts (1977) and continues through Between the Woods and the Water (1986) and The Broken Road (published posthumously in 2013), he lived and traveled in the Balkans and the Greek archipelago. His books A Time to Keep Silence (1957), Mani (1958) and Roumeli (1966) attest to his deep interest in languages and remote places. In the Second World War he joined the Irish Guards, became a liaison officer in Albania, and fought in Greece and Crete. He was awarded the DSO and OBE. Leigh Fermor lived partly in Greece—in the house he designed with his wife, Joan, in an olive grove in the Mani—and partly in Worcestershire. In 2004 he was knighted for his services to literature and to British–Greek relations. Artemis Cooper’s biography, Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure, was published by New York Review Books in 2013.

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    The Broken Road

    The long-awaited conclusion to Leigh Fermor’s account of his youthful walk through pre-war Europe follows him through Bulgaria and Romania, ending in Greece. In it we can still hear the ringing voice of an irrepressible young man embarking on a life of adventure.

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    The Traveller’s Tree

    Patrick Leigh Fermor’s first book, “still the best piece of travel writing on the Caribbean,” (The Guardian) takes him to Guadeloupe, Martinique, Dominica, Barbados, Trinidad, and Haiti, among other islands. There he breaks bread with people rich and poor, befriends artists, listens to steel-drum bands, and comes across the then little-known religion: Rastafarianism.

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    In Tearing Haste

    Spanning half a century, bursting with wit and conviviality, In Tearing Haste collects the letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor and Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire. The result is surely one of the great 20th-century correspondences.” —The Observer (UK)

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    The Way of the World

    In 1953 two young men in Geneva hopped in their rusty old Fiat determined to drive their way to the Khyber Pass. Many years later, Nicolas Bouvier reconstructed their travels through Turkey, Kurdistan, Afghanistan in this luminous travel memoir filled with the romance of unbound youth and adventure of self-discovery.

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    A Time to Keep Silence

    Patrick Leigh Fermor, considered by many to be the greatest living travel writer, chronicles his sojourns at some of Europe’s oldest and most celebrated monasteries in this meditation on the meaning of silence and solitude in modern life.

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    Patrick Leigh Fermor carries the reader with him on his journeys amongst the peoples of the southernmost parts of Greece, exploring their history and time-honored lore.

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    Travel writing’s very own “cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond, and Graham Greene” explores northern Greece.

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    Between the Woods and the Water

    Continuing the epic foot journey across Europe begun in A Time of Gifts.

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    A Time of Gifts

    At once a memoir of coming-of-age, an account of a journey, and a dazzling exposition of the English language, A Time of Gifts is also a portrait of a continent already showing ominous signs of the holocaust to come.