Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Life in Letters


Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Life in Letters
The first extensive collection of letters written by war hero and travel writing legend Patrick Leigh Fermor.

The letters in this volume span seventy years, from February 1940 to January 2010. The first was written ten days before Patrick Leigh Fermor’s twenty-fifth birthday, when he was an officer cadet, hoping for a commission in the Irish Guards. He had hurried back to England from Romania in September 1939, expecting to die within weeks of being sent into action, like his friend who was a junior officer in the First World War. The last two were written on the same day, when Paddy (as he called himself, and almost everyone else called him) was ninety-four, a widower, very deaf, and suffering from tunnel vision, which made it hard for him to read even his own handwriting. His voice was already hoarse from the throat cancer that would kill him seventeen months later. But these last letters, like the first and most of the others printed here, exude a zest that was characteristic. From first to last, Paddy’s letters radiate warmth and gaiety. Often they are decorated with witty illustrations and enhanced by comic verse. Sometimes they contain riddles and cringe-making puns.

Details Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Life in Letters

Title Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Life in Letters
AuthorPatrick Leigh Fermor
Release Date14th Nov 2017
PublisherNew York Review Books
ISBN1681371561
FormatPaperback
LanguageEnglish
Pages496 pages
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