A talented photographer, Joan Leigh Fermor defied the social conventions of her times. She featured regularly in the gossip columns, not only for her affairs and her fashionable clothes, but for her intrepid travels to Russia and America.
In 1944 in Cairo, she met Paddy Leigh Fermor, lionized for his daring kidnap of the Nazi General Kreipe in Crete. This is a compelling portrait of a marriage and a milieu, revealing the sexual and intellectual mores of that wartime generation who lived life at full tilt, no matter what the consequences.
‘In this engrossing biography, the woman hitherto overshadowed by her husband is brought from black-and-white to full colour’ Observer
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