Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor (11 February 1915 – 10 June 2011): At age 18 walked the length of Europe from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople.  Arguably one of the best travel writers of our generation, his novels have inspired many great writers, notably Ian Fleming's James Bond.  #JetsetterCurator

Patrick Leigh Fermor: The man who walked

Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor (11 February 1915 – 10 June 2011): At age 18 walked the length of Europe from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. Arguably one of the best travel writers of our generation, his novels have inspired many great writers, notably Ian Fleming's James Bond. #JetsetterCurator

Patrick Leigh Fermor six books are published by NYRB Classics: A Time of Gifts; Between the Woods and the Water; A Time to Keep Silence; Mani; Roumeli; and The Traveller’s Tree. Also, NYRB is the publisher of In Tearing Haste: Letters Between Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor. (these book are astonishingly wonderful. rw)

Patrick Leigh Fermor six books are published by NYRB Classics: A Time of Gifts; Between the Woods and the Water; A Time to Keep Silence; Mani; Roumeli; and The Traveller’s Tree. Also, NYRB is the publisher of In Tearing Haste: Letters Between Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor. (these book are astonishingly wonderful. rw)

When he died last year at the age of 96, Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor, DSO, OBE, inspired long and admiring obituaries, writes PETER LEWIS

Dashing hero - champion sponger: PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR: AN ADVENTURE BY ARTEMIS COOPER

When he died last year at the age of 96, Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor, DSO, OBE, inspired long and admiring obituaries, writes PETER LEWIS

Jan Morris on Artemis Cooper's biography of Patrick Leigh Fermor (image: Patrick Leigh Fermor on horseback at Baleni, Moldavia)

Patrick Leigh Fermor by Artemis Cooper: review

Jan Morris on Artemis Cooper's biography of Patrick Leigh Fermor (image: Patrick Leigh Fermor on horseback at Baleni, Moldavia)

A new account of the kidnap of a German general in WW2 from occupied Crete sheds light on one of the 20th Century's most interesting men.  "One man in his time plays many parts," wrote Shakespeare in As You Like it. If that is any measure, then the late Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor blew it into a cocked hat.  A decorated war hero, brilliant conversationalist, historian, Hollywood scriptwriter, perhaps the finest travel writer of his generation - the list of the achievements of Paddy, he was…

Patrick Leigh Fermor: Crossing Europe and kidnapping a German general

A new account of the kidnap of a German general in WW2 from occupied Crete sheds light on one of the 20th Century's most interesting men. "One man in his time plays many parts," wrote Shakespeare in As You Like it. If that is any measure, then the late Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor blew it into a cocked hat. A decorated war hero, brilliant conversationalist, historian, Hollywood scriptwriter, perhaps the finest travel writer of his generation - the list of the achievements of Paddy, he was…

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