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Dashing for the Post: The Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor Paperback – 15 Jun 2017
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Wow - one tour de force after another! The best letters are as good as - if not better than - any in the language: Byron's, Walpole's, Henry James's, Freya Stark's. Often I laughed aloud, tears coursing down the cheeks (John Julius Norwich)
Zestful, vivid and buoyant with polymathic learning, Leigh Fermor's letters reveal themselves perfect for anthology. There are descriptions and anecdotes equal to anything in his writing, spurred by memorable friendships, suffused with affection and occasional distress: all finely edited by Adam Sisman (Colin Thubron)
Hugely entertaining, funny and occasionally moving . . . edited meticulously and brilliantly (Observer)
Zest, verbal finesse, almost pristine receptivity and a richly informed cultural and historical consciousness make these letters, even when the erosions of time and illness shadow them, irresistibly exhilarating (Sunday Times)
Adam Sisman is a model editor . . . Reading these letters is like gobbling down a tray of exotically filled chocolates, with no horrible orange creams to put you off (Harry Mount Literary Review)
Here is a veritable feast for fans of Paddy Leigh Fermor . . . Sisman has done a tremendous job selecting and editing this treasure-trove of letters (Justin Marozzi The Spectator)
Glorious, heady stuff . . . judiciously edited by Adam Sisman (Ian Thomson Evening Standard)
Adam Sisman's selection of Patrick Leigh Fermor's letters is entirely admirable . . . an unmissable feast (Lewis Jones Daily Telegraph)
Superbly edited . . . To read these letters and their superb footnotes is to walk with some of the great ghosts of 20th century literature (Rory Knight Bruce Oldie)
A feast of adventure, gossip and flirtation (The Spectator)
A revelatory collection of letters written by the author of The Broken RoadSee all Product description
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16 January 2018
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
For any fan of Patrick Leigh Fermor, this is grist to the mill. Revealing about relationships already mentioned in the excellent biography by Artemis Cooper, about his anguish over the difficulty of deadlines, constantly apologising to his publishers throughout his writing career, and his close involvement with what seems to be the entire literary and upper-crust social scene of Britain as well as old wartime friends, Greek and British. Irresistable. Any more to come, from anywhere, please?
8 August 2017
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
A present for my husband. Its just a fabulous read if you are interested in Crete and the Second World War and the resistance. I really think it is a must have for people who want insights into how these amazing resistance people worked in the Second World War and also for the humour and strength of our allies the Cretan people.
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