The second volume of exuberant, lively letters from travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor includes encounters with such varied figures as Jackie Onassis, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Oswald Mosley and Peter Mandelson . . .
It also relates 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. Paddy was at ease in any company – unfailingly charming, boyish, gentle and fun.
‘Adam Sisman should be congratulated on this feat of literary archaeology and for excavating for Paddy's fans a last marvellous treasure trove of Leigh Fermor prose’ William Dalrymple
A Great Adventure
In late December 1933, Patrick Leigh Fermor set out on foot for Constantinople (as he anachronistically termed it). Recently expelled from school for the unpardonable crime of holding hands with a...Read more
Off All the Standard Maps
The only time I have been to Greece as it appears on the modern map was when I was barely out of short trousers. I went with that indispensable aid to travel, an aunt, and with the idea that I knew...Read more