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Patrick Leigh Fermor : An Adventure - Artemis Cooper

Patrick Leigh Fermor

An Adventure

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Published: 11th October 2012
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The authorised biography of Patrick Leigh Fermor.

Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011) was a war hero whose exploits in Crete are legendary, and above all he is widely acclaimed as the greatest travel writer of our times, notably for his books about his walk across pre-war Europe, A Time of Gifts and Between the Roods and the Water; he was a self-educated polymath, a lover of Greece and the best company in the world.

Artemis Cooper has drawn on years of interviews and conversations with Paddy and his cloest friends as well as having complete access to his archives. Her beautifully crafted biography portrays a man of extraordinary gifts - no one wore their learning so playfully, nor inspired such passionate friendship.

About the Author

Artemis Cooper is the author of Cairo in the War, 1939-1945 and Writing at the Kitchen Table, the authorized biography of Elizabeth David. With her husband Antony Beevor she wrote Paris After the Liberation, 1945-1949. She has edited two collections of letters and Words of Mercury, a collection of pieces by Patrick Leigh Fermor.

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A man of poor qualities

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Pros

  • Get An Insight To Him
  • Well Written

Cons

  • Appeal To Men

Best Uses

  • Learning More About Him

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It was highly recommended by someone and the person is a very educated person. I am not and I had to go back and read some of the pages again before I understood.

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Informative
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

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    • Older Readers
    • Reference
    • Travel Reading

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    Artemis Cooper's funny, wise, learned but totally candid biography reveals Leigh Fermor to be an adventurer through and through . . . page-turning - Barnaby Rogerson, Independent

    Artemis Cooper's definitive biography draws on many years' encounters with Fermor, and is probably the most important travel-related book of the year - Conde Nast Traveller

    Patrick Leigh Fermor survived enough assaults on his existence to make Rasputin seem like a quitter . . . He was elegant as a cat, darkly handsome, unboreable, curious, fearless, fortunate, blessed with a near eidetic memory, and is surely one of the great English prose stylists of his generation . . . At last his biography has been detailed in full, in Artemis Cooper's tender and excellent book - Robert MacFarlane, Guardian

    This book is a primer for those poor souls yet to encounter his work, and a valuable, decoding manual for the multitude who believe that Leigh Fermor's trilogy about his youthful walk from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul marks one of the high points of twentieth-century English prose . . . Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover - Allison Pearson, Daily Telegraph

    Xenophilia is as English as Stilton. In one of the wonderful letters quoted in this perceptive, haunting and highly readable biography, Patrick Leigh Fermor called living in England "like living in the heart o

    ISBN: 9780719554490
    ISBN-10: 0719554497
    Audience: General
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 464
    Published: 11th October 2012
    Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 16.2  x 3.9
    Weight (kg): 0.77
    Edition Number: 1