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Balanced portrait of a charmed life,
This review is from: Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure (Paperback)
Leigh Fermor, often billed as 'the greatest travel writer of the 20th century', seems to have led a charmed life: war hero, feted writer, inexhaustible traveller. But Artemis Cooper's biography balances all this, to some extent, with a slightly darker side; his depression, his difficult family relationships and the final sadness of being 'blocked' and not properly completing the account of his youthful 1930s journey on foot from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople, most of which was so brilliantly recalled in 'A Time of Gifts' and 'Between the Woods and the Water'. Despite this balancing, though, there were lots of things that still appeared as hidden, such as: exactly how did PLF develop as a writer (he seems always to have been busy with lots of other things)?; and how, from a relatively modest background, did he end up cavorting with the very upper class of post- war Britain?