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Dashing for the post : the letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor
Dashing for the post : the letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor
Fermor, Patrick Leigh2016
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A revelatory collection of letters written by the author of The Broken Road. Handsome, spirited and erudite, Patrick Leigh Fermor was a war hero and one the greatest travel writers of his generation. He was also a spectacularly gifted friend. The letters in this collection span almost seventy years, the first written ten days before Paddy's twenty-fifth birthday, the last when he was ninety-four. His correspondents include Deborah Devonshire, Ann Fleming, Nancy Mitford, Lawrence Durrell, Diana Cooper and his lifelong companion, Joan Rayner; he wrote his first letter to her in his cell at the monastery Saint Wandrille, the setting for his reflections on monastic life in A Time to Keep Silence. His letters exhibit many of his most engaging characteristics: his zest for life, his unending curiosity, his lyrical descriptive powers, his love of language, his exuberance and his tendency to get into scrapes - particularly when drinking and, quite separately, driving.
Main title:
Imprint:
London : John Murray, 2016.
Collation:
xxiii, 469 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm.
Notes:
Includes index.
ISBN:
97814736224709781473622463
Dewey class:
826.91
Language:
English
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Sandringham LibraryBiography826.91 FERAvailable
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