WRITING THE ADVENTURE: PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR
It is said of the legendary British travel writer, soldier and daredevil Patrick Leigh Fermor, that he “drank from a different fountain”, dying at the age of 96 in 2011 having “survived enough assaults on his existence to have made Rasputin seem like a quitter” (Robert Macfarlane, The Guardian). He was, for example, chased by thousands of German troops across Crete after kidnapping a German commander in 1944, and also smoked 80 cigarettes a day, frequently setting his bed clothes on fire after nodding off. Biographer Artemis Cooper, whose grandmother was a friend of Fermor’s, gives a talk on the dashing figure – who Somerset Maughan described as “a middleclass gigolo for upper-class women” – referencing her book Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure.
Supported by Heartland Bank.