Patrick Leigh Fermor - Author

About the Author

Following his walk across Europe, Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011) lived and travelled in the Balkans and Greek Archipelago. He joined the Irish Guards and during the occupation of Crete led the party that captured the German commander. He was awarded the DSO and OBE.

Featured books by Patrick Leigh Fermor

Abducting a General The Kreipe Operation and Soe in Crete

Abducting a General The Kreipe Operation and Soe in Crete

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/10/2014

Dressed as German military police, they stopped and took control of Kreipe's car, drove through twenty-two German checkpoints, then succeeded in hiding from the German army before finally being picked up on a beach in the south of the island and transported to safety in Egypt on 14 May. Abducting a General is Leigh Fermor's own account of the kidnap, published for the first time. Written in his inimitable prose, and introduced by acclaimed Special Operations Executive historian Roderick Bailey, it is a glorious first-hand account of one of the great adventures of the Second World War. Also included in this book are Leigh Fermor's intelligence reports, sent from caves deep within Crete yet still retaining his remarkable prose skills, which bring the immediacy of SOE operations vividly alive, as well as the peril which the SOE and Resistance were operating under; and a guide to the journey that Kreipe was taken on, as seen in the 1957 film Ill Met by Moonlight starring Dirk Bogarde, from the abandonment of his car to the embarkation site so that the modern visitor can relive this extraordinary event.

The Broken Road From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos

The Broken Road From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/09/2013

A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water were the first two volumes in a projected trilogy that would describe the walk that Patrick Leigh Fermor undertook at the age of eighteen from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. 'When are you going to finish Vol. III?' was the cry from his fans; but although he wished he could, the words refused to come. The curious thing was that he had not only written an early draft of the last part of the walk, but that it predated the other two. It remains unfinished but The Broken Road - edited and introduced by Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper - completes an extraordinary journey.

Other books by Patrick Leigh Fermor

More Dashing Further Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor

More Dashing Further Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

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 - unfailingly charming, boyish, gentle and fun. Patrick Leigh Fermor has long been recognised as one of the greatest travel writers of his time, and now it is evident that his best letters are as good as any in the English language. Nowhere is his restless curiosity and delight in language more dazzlingly displayed than in his letters, skilfully edited in this collection by Adam Sisman.

Dashing for the Post The Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor

Dashing for the Post The Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/06/2017

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.

Dashing for the Post The Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor

Dashing for the Post The Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2016

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.

Abducting a General The Kreipe Operation and SOE in Crete

Abducting a General The Kreipe Operation and SOE in Crete

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

A daring behind-enemy-lines mission from the author of A Time of Gifts and The Broken Road, who was once described by the BBC as 'a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene'. Although a story often told, this is the first time Patrick Leigh Fermor's own account of the kidnapping of General Kriepe, has been published. One of the greatest feats in Patrick Leigh Fermor's remarkable life was the kidnapping of General Kreipe, the German commander in Crete, on 26 April 1944. He and Captain Billy Moss hatched a daring plan to abduct the general, while ensuring that no reprisals were taken against the Cretan population. Dressed as German military police, they stopped and took control of Kreipe's car, drove through twenty-two German checkpoints, then succeeded in hiding from the German army before finally being picked up on a beach in the south of the island and transported to safety in Egypt on 14 May. Abducting a General is Leigh Fermor's own account of the kidnap, published for the first time. Written in his inimitable prose, and introduced by acclaimed Special Operations Executive historian Roderick Bailey, it is a glorious first-hand account of one of the great adventures of the Second World War. Also included in this book are Leigh Fermor's intelligence reports, sent from caves deep within Crete yet still retaining his remarkable prose skills, which bring the immediacy of SOE operations vividly alive, as well as the peril which the SOE and Resistance were operating under; and a guide to the journey that Kreipe was taken on, as seen in the 1957 film Ill Met by Moonlight starring Dirk Bogarde, from the abandonment of his car to the embarkation site so that the modern visitor can relive this extraordinary event.

Le temps des offrandes

Le temps des offrandes

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor Format: eBook Release Date: 29/07/2014

Decouvrez le premier tome de la trilogie Dans la nuit et le vent, une oeuvre encensee par la critique ! Un matin gris de decembre 1933, le jeune Patrick Leigh Fermor quitte l'Angleterre avec l'idee de traverser l'Europe a pied jusqu'a Constantinople. Une aventure qui sera le grand evenement de sa vie et dont il tirera un recit magistral en plusieurs volumes (Le Temps des offrandes, Entre fleuve et foret et La route interrompue).Decouvrez le premier tome de cette A uvre majeure du XXeme siecle : Le Temps des offrandes. Un chef-d'A uvre d'humanisme a la rencontre d'un monde disparu, ou eclatent l'intelligence, la culture et la passion juveniles de l'auteur.L'edition complete de ce livre est disponible chez le meme editeur sous le nom Dans la nuit et le vent.Un periple passionnant !CE QU'EN PENSE LA CRITIQUE :Un enchantement de fraicheur, de drolerie, d'aventures - Jean d'Ormesson, Le Figaro MagazineIl faut beaucoup de pudeur, peut-etre du recul, pour parler aussi bien du bonheur - Nicolas Bouvier, L'ExpressL'art du voyage, on l'a compris, est d'abord un art de la digression. Le livre se confond avec le voyage lui-meme - Frederic Vitoux, Le Nouvel ObservateurOn se laisse conduire avec un plaisir constamment renouvele par l'art et l'erudition d'un magistral ecrivain-voyageur - Jacques Franck, La Libre BelgiqueQui se priverait d'un tel livre? - Luis Lema, Le TempsLe plus legendaire des ecrivains-voyageurs - Catherine Golliau, Le PointUn chef-d'A uvre du recit de voyage a la britannique - Marc Semo, LiberationA PROPOS DE L'AUTEUR :Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011) est un ecrivain et voyageur anglais, ancien officier des Services speciaux de l'armee britannique en Crete durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. En dehors de ses voyages, il partagea sa vie entre la Grece et l'Angleterre. Ses nombreux livres revelent un ecrivain d'une merveilleuse erudition, profondement attache aux langues et cultures.

Entre fleuve et foret

Entre fleuve et foret

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor Format: eBook Release Date: 29/07/2014

Decouvrez le second tome de la trilogie Dans la nuit et le vent, une oeuvre encensee par la critique ! Un matin gris de decembre 1933, le jeune Patrick Leigh Fermor quitte l'Angleterre avec l'idee de traverser l'Europe a pied jusqu'a Constantinople. Une aventure qui sera le grand evenement de sa vie et dont il tirera un recit magistral en plusieurs volumes (Le Temps des offrandes, Entre fleuve et foret et La route interrompue).Decouvrez le deuxieme tome de cette oeuvre majeure du XXeme siecle : Entre fleuve et foret, un chef-d'A uvre d'humanisme a la rencontre d'un monde disparu, ou eclatent l'intelligence, la culture et la passion juveniles de l'auteur.L'edition complete de ce livre est disponible chez le meme editeur sous le nom Dans la nuit et le vent.Un periple passionnant !CE QU'EN PENSE LA CRITIQUE :Un enchantement de fraicheur, de drolerie, d'aventures - Jean d'Ormesson, Le Figaro MagazineIl faut beaucoup de pudeur, peut-etre du recul, pour parler aussi bien du bonheur - Nicolas Bouvier, L'ExpressL'art du voyage, on l'a compris, est d'abord un art de la digression. Le livre se confond avec le voyage lui-meme - Frederic Vitoux, Le Nouvel ObservateurOn se laisse conduire avec un plaisir constamment renouvele par l'art et l'erudition d'un magistral ecrivain-voyageur - Jacques Franck, La Libre BelgiqueQui se priverait d'un tel livre? - Luis Lema, Le TempsLe plus legendaire des ecrivains-voyageurs - Catherine Golliau, Le PointUn chef-d'A uvre du recit de voyage a la britannique - Marc Semo, LiberationA PROPOS DE L'AUTEUR :Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011) est un ecrivain et voyageur anglais, ancien officier des Services speciaux de l'armee britannique en Crete durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. En dehors de ses voyages, il partagea sa vie entre la Grece et l'Angleterre. Ses nombreux livres revelent un ecrivain d'une merveilleuse erudition, profondement attache aux langues et cultures.

La route interrompue

La route interrompue

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor Format: eBook Release Date: 29/07/2014

Decouvrez le troisieme tome de la trilogie Dans la nuit et le vent, une oeuvre encensee par la critique ! Un matin gris de decembre 1933, le jeune Patrick Leigh Fermor quitte l'Angleterre avec l'idee de traverser l'Europe a pied jusqu'a Constantinople. Une aventure qui sera le grand evenement de sa vie et dont il tirera un recit magistral en plusieurs volumes (Le Temps des offrandes, Entre fleuve et foret et La route interrompue).Decouvrez le troisieme tome de cette oeuvre majeure du XXeme siecle : La route interrompue. Un chef-d'A uvre d'humanisme a la rencontre d'un monde disparu, ou eclatent l'intelligence, la culture et la passion juveniles de l'auteur.L'edition complete de ce livre est disponible chez le meme editeur sous le nom Dans la nuit et le vent.Un periple passionnant !CE QU'EN PENSE LA CRITIQUE :Un enchantement de fraicheur, de drolerie, d'aventures - Jean d'Ormesson, Le Figaro MagazineIl faut beaucoup de pudeur, peut-etre du recul, pour parler aussi bien du bonheur - Nicolas Bouvier, L'ExpressL'art du voyage, on l'a compris, est d'abord un art de la digression. Le livre se confond avec le voyage lui-meme - Frederic Vitoux, Le Nouvel ObservateurOn se laisse conduire avec un plaisir constamment renouvele par l'art et l'erudition d'un magistral ecrivain-voyageur - Jacques Franck, La Libre BelgiqueQui se priverait d'un tel livre? - Luis Lema, Le TempsLe plus legendaire des ecrivains-voyageurs - Catherine Golliau, Le PointUn chef-d'A uvre du recit de voyage a la britannique - Marc Semo, LiberationA PROPOS DE L'AUTEUR :Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011) est un ecrivain et voyageur anglais, ancien officier des Services speciaux de l'armee britannique en Crete durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. En dehors de ses voyages, il partagea sa vie entre la Grece et l'Angleterre. Ses nombreux livres revelent un ecrivain d'une merveilleuse erudition, profondement attache aux langues et cultures.

The Broken Road From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos

The Broken Road From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/04/2014

The long-awaited final volume of the trilogy by Patrick Leigh Fermor. A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water were the first two volumes in a projected trilogy that would describe the walk that Patrick Leigh Fermor undertook at the age of eighteen from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. 'When are you going to finish Vol. III?' was the cry from his fans; but although he wished he could, the words refused to come. The curious thing was that he had not only written an early draft of the last part of the walk, but that it predated the other two. It remains unfinished but The Broken Road - edited and introduced by Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper - completes an extraordinary journey.

In Tearing Haste Letters Between Deborah Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor

In Tearing Haste Letters Between Deborah Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor, Deborah Devonshire Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/07/2009

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.

Three Letters from the Andes

Three Letters from the Andes

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/01/2005

In 1971 the celebrated traveller Patrick Leigh Fermor accompanied five friends on a remarkable journey into the high Andes of Peru. His adventure took him from Cuzco to Urubamba, on to Puno and Juli on Lake Titicaca, down to Arequipa and finally back to Lima. The expedition was led by a writer and poet and the party included a Swiss international skier and jeweller, a social anthropologist from Provence and a Nottinghamshire farming squire - all seasoned mountaineers. The other two participants - the author himself and a botany-loving duke - were complete novices. As the group travelled from Lima into increasingly remote parts of the country, Leigh Fermor captured their experiences in a series of letters to his wife. Whether recounting the thrill of crossing a glacier, the rigours of campsite life under a blanket of snow, their lively encounters with locals or the strangely moving sight of a lone condor circling in the sky, the author vividly conveys the excitement of discovery and the intense uniqueness of the land.

The Traveller's Tree A Journey through the Caribbean Islands

The Traveller's Tree A Journey through the Caribbean Islands

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/01/2005

In this, his first book, Patrick Leigh Fermor recounts his tales of a personal odyssey to the lands of the Traveller's Tree - a tall, straight-trunked tree whose sheath-like leaves collect copious amounts of water. He made his way through the long island chain of the West Indies by steamer, aeroplane and sailing ship, noting in his records of the voyage the minute details of daily life, of the natural surroundings and of the idiosyncratic and distinct civilisations he encountered amongst the Caribbean Islands. From the ghostly Ciboneys and the dying Caribs to the religious eccentricities like the Kingston Pocomaniacs and the Poor Whites in the Islands of the Saints, Patrick Leigh Fermor recreates a vivid world, rich and vigorous with life.

Mani

Mani

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/07/2004

This is Patrick Leigh Fermor's spellbinding part-travelogue, part inspired evocation of a part of Greece's past. Joining him in the Mani, one of Europe's wildest and most isolated regions, cut off from the rest of Greece by the towering Taygettus mountain range and hemmed in by the Aegean and Ionian seas, we discover a rocky central prong of the Peleponnese at the southernmost point in Europe. Bad communications only heightening the remoteness, this Greece - south of ancient Sparta - is one that maintains perhaps a stronger relationship with the ancient past than with the present. Myth becomes history, and vice versa. Leigh Fermor's hallmark descriptive writing and capture of unexpected detail have made this book, first published in 1958, a classic - together with its Northern Greece counterpart, Roumeli.

Words of Mercury

Words of Mercury

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/07/2004

Patrick Leigh Fermor was only 18 when he set off to walk from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople, described many years later in A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water. It was during these early wanderings that he started to pick up languages, and where he developed his extraordinary sense of the continuity of history: a quality that deepens the colours of every place he writes about, from the peaks of the Pyrenees to the cell of a Trappist monastery. His experiences in wartime Crete sealed the deep affection he had already developed for Greece, a country whose character and customs he celebrates in two books, Mani and Roumeli, and where he has lived for over forty years. Whether he is drawing portraits in Vienna or sketching Byron's slippers in Missolonghi, the Leigh Fermor touch is unmistakable. Its infectious enthusiasm is driven by an insatiable curiosity and an omnivorous mind - all inspired by a passion for words and language that makes him one of the greatest prose writers of his generation.

Roumeli

Roumeli

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/07/2004

Patrick Leigh Fermor's Mani compellingly revealed a hidden world of Southern Greece and its past. Its northern counterpart takes the reader among Sarakatsan shepherds, the monasteries of Meteora and the villages of Krakora, among itinerant pedlars and beggars, and even tracks down at Missolonghi a pair of Byron's slippers. Roumeli is not on modern maps: it is the ancient name for the lands from the Bosphorus to the Adriatic and from Macedonia to the Gulf of Corinth. But it is the perfect, evocative name for the Greece that Fermor captures in writing that carries throughout his trademark vividness of description. But what is more, the pictures of people, traditions and landscapes that he creates on the page are imbued with an intimate understanding of Greece and its history.

The Violins of Saint-Jacques

The Violins of Saint-Jacques

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/04/2004

On an Aegean island one summer, an English traveller meets an enigmatic elderly Frenchwoman. He is captivated by a painting she owns of a busy Caribbean port overlooked by a volcano and, in time, she shares the story of her youth there in the early twentieth century. Set in the tropical luxury of the island of Saint-Jacques, hers is a tale of romantic intrigue and decadence amongst the descendents of slaves and a fading French aristocracy. But on the night of the annual Mardi Gras ball, catastrophe overwhelms the island and the world she knew came to an abrupt and haunting end. The Violins of Saint-Jacques captures the unforeseen drama of forces beyond human control. Originally published in 1953, it was immediately hailed as a rare and exotic sweep of colour across the drab monochrome of the post-war years, and it has lost nothing of its original flavour.

Between the Woods and the Water On Foot to Constantinople from the Hook of Holland: The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates

Between the Woods and the Water On Foot to Constantinople from the Hook of Holland: The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/04/2004

The acclaimed travel writer's youthful journey - as an 18-year-old - across 1930s Europe by foot began in A Time of Gifts, which covered the author's exacting journey from the Lowlands as far as Hungary. Picking up from the very spot on a bridge across the Danube where his readers last saw him, we travel on with him across the great Hungarian Plain on horseback, and over the Romanian border to Transylvania. The trip was an exploration of a continent which was already showing signs of the holocaust which was to come. Although frequently praised for his lyrical writing, Fermor's account also provides a coherent understanding of the dramatic events then unfolding in Middle Europe. But the delight remains in travelling with him in his picaresque journey past remote castles, mountain villages, monasteries and towering ranges. The concluding part of the trilogy was published in September 2013 as The Broken Road.

A Time of Gifts On Foot to Constantinople: from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube

A Time of Gifts On Foot to Constantinople: from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/03/2004

In 1933, at the age of 18, Patrick Leigh Fermor set out on an extraordinary journey by foot - from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. A Time of Gifts is the first volume in a trilogy recounting the trip, and takes the reader with him as far as Hungary. It is a book of compelling glimpses - not only of the events which were curdling Europe at that time, but also of its resplendent domes and monasteries, its great rivers, the sun on the Bavarian snow, the storks and frogs, the hospitable burgomasters who welcomed him, and that world's grandeurs and courtesies. His powers of recollection have astonishing sweep and verve, and the scope is majestic.

A Time to Keep Silence

A Time to Keep Silence

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/03/2004

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.

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