Psychoundakis was a twenty-one-year-old shepherd when the Nazis captured his native Crete. He soon joined the Resistance, transporting messages and goods along treacherous mountain paths, and befriending the likes of Patrick Leigh Fermor, who transled this memoir. “Any fresh volume on the subject would need to be exceptional. The Cretan Runner not only competes but transcends; it is not exceptional, it is unique.” —The Times Literary Supplement
This is Patrick Leigh Fermor’s own account of the daring behind-enemy-lines mission to capture General Kreipe, the German commander in Crete in 1944. “Paddy’s vividly idiomatic reports irresistibly take us in to the skulduggery and derring-do … a wonderful story.” –Jan Morris, Literary Review
Now in paperback, 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.
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.
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.
“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)
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.
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.
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.
Travel writing’s very own “cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond, and Graham Greene” explores northern Greece.
Continuing the epic foot journey across Europe begun in 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.