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More dashing : further letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor; Adam Sisman
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Letter : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The first collection of letters from Patrick Leigh Fermor, Dashing for the Post, delighted critics and public alike. This second volume, More Dashing, presents a further selection of letters that exude a zest for life and adventure characteristic of the man known to all as 'Paddy'. Paddy's exuberant letters contain glimpses of the great and the good: a chance conversation with the Foreign Secretary, Anthony Eden,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Named Person: Patrick Leigh Fermor; Patrick Leigh Fermor
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick Leigh Fermor; Adam Sisman
ISBN: 1408893665 9781408893661
OCLC Number: 1030972301
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 460 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Other Titles: Correspondence.
Responsibility: selected and edited by Adam Sisman.

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"The first collection of letters from Patrick Leigh Fermor, Dashing for the Post, delighted critics and public alike. This second volume, More Dashing, presents a further selection of letters that exude a zest for life and adventure characteristic of the man known to all as 'Paddy'. Paddy's exuberant letters contain glimpses of the great and the good: a chance conversation with the Foreign Secretary, Anthony Eden, when Paddy opens the wrong door, or a glass of ouzo under the pine trees with Harold Macmillan. They describe encounters with such varied figures as Jackie Onassis, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Oswald Mosley and Peter Mandelson, while also relating adventures with the humble: a 'pick-nick' with the stonemasons at Kardamyli, or a drunken celebration in the Cretan mountains with his old comrades from the Resistance, most of them simple shepherds and goatherds. Paddy was at ease in any company - unfailingly charming, boyish, gentle and fun. Patrick Leigh Fermor has long been recognised as one of the greatest travel writers of his time. Nowhere is his restless curiosity and delight in language more dazzlingly displayed than in his letters, skilfully edited in this collection by Adam Sisman."--Publisher's description.

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Paddy Leigh Fermor was a soaring prose virtuoso with hardly an equal in his generation ... The letters are flirty, funny, lively and revealing. A few bring to mind his extravagant, generous, witty, Read more...

 
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