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    DescriptionPatrick Leigh Fermor was only 18 when he set off to walk from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople, described many years later in A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water. It was during these early wanderings that he started to pick up languages, and where he developed his extraordinary sense of the continuity of history: a quality that deepens the colours of every place he writes about, from the peaks of the Pyrenees to the cell of a Trappist monastery. His experiences in wartime Crete sealed the deep affection he had already developed for Greece, a country whose character and customs he celebrates in two books, Mani and Roumeli, and where he has lived for over forty years. Whether he is drawing portraits in Vienna or sketching Byron's slippers in Missolonghi, the Leigh Fermor touch is unmistakable. Its infectious enthusiasm is driven by an insatiable curiosity and an omnivorous mind - all inspired by a passion for words and language that makes him one of the greatest prose writers of his generation.


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    Title
    Words of Mercury
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Patrick Leigh Fermor, Edited by Artemis Cooper
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 198 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780719561061
    ISBN 10: 071956106X
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.5
    BIC subject category V2: WTL
    LC classification: G465
    DC22: 910.4
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 23690
    B&T General Subject: 800
    B&T Merchandise Category: TVL
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    Ingram Subject Code: TR
    Abridged Dewey: 910
    LC classification: G
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000
    DC22: 910.4092
    BISAC V2.8: BIO025000
    Thema V1.0: WTL
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    port.
    Publisher
    John Murray General Publishing Division
    Imprint name
    John Murray Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    19 July 2004
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    In December 1933, at the age of eighteen, Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011) walked across Europe, reaching Constantinople in early 1935. He travelled on into Greece, where in Athens he met Balasha Cantacuzene, with whom he lived - mostly in Rumania - until the outbreak of war. Serving in occupied Crete, he led a successful operation to kidnap a German general, for which he won the DSO. After the war he began writing, and travelled extensively round Greece with Joan Eyres Monsell whom he later married. Towards the end of his life he wrote the first two books about his early trans-European odyssey, A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water. He planned a third, unfinished at the time of his death in 2011, which has since been edited by Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper and published as The Broken Road.
    Review quote
    There is a pleasure to be had on every page. Here is a writer who can find something fascinating in the dullest characters and the most drab towns. He is a master stylist, too, revelling in the possibilities of language, striving always to be exact. Few travel writers can create atmosphere quite as thickly, but then few have such extraordinary anecdotes to tell...it [the anthology] serves as a reminder that Leigh Fermor is one of the greatest travel writers of all time Anthony Sattin, Sunday Times 'The finest travel writer of his generation' Colin Thubron 'The greatest of living travel writers' Jan Morris Patrick Leigh Fermor is an exquisite among travel writers Sunday Telegraph Paddy Leigh Fermor - war hero, linguist, adventurer - is at heart a great storyteller ... he draws the reader, like his huge acquaintance, into instant intimacy. His achievement is to be who he is - even more than what he has done. This collection beautifully illustrates both. Max Hastings, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH He makes exotic and entertaining friends wherever he goes, has read everything, been everywhere and writes like a dream The Times