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The Great Adventurer: Patrick Leigh Fermor

A recording from the talk ‘The Great Adventurer: Patrick Leigh Fermor by Artemis Cooper at CVHF on Thursday 27th June 2013.

Patrick Leigh Fermor led an extraordinary life. A war hero whose exploits in Crete are legendary, he was also widely acclaimed as one of the greatest travel writers of our times, notably for his books about his walk across pre-war Europe, A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water. He was a self-educated polymath, a lover of Greece and the best company in the world. Artemis Cooper has drawn on years of interviews and conversations with Paddy and his closest friends as well as having complete access to his archives. Her beautifully crafted biography became a best-seller and was widely praised. Here she tells Paddy Leigh Fermor’s story and explains why this man of such extraordinary gifts was such a wonderful personality and why he inspired such passionate friendships.


This year Artemis Cooper returns to CVHF on 26 June. Her talk, Cairo in the War, 1939 – 1945 she will relate the progress and fortunes of the war in the desert against the background of legendary parties and a hotbed of spies and intrigue.