Patrick 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 ...

Words of Mercury 2004, John Murray Publishers Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9780719561061

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Words of Mercury 2003, John Murray Publishers, London, England

ISBN-13: 9780719561054