A delightful and moving account of one ofÂ the finest travel writers of the 20th century, the author of The Broken Road and AÂ Time of Gifts
In 2009 Dolores PayÃ¡s, Spanish translator of several of Patrick Leigh Fermor’s books, visited her subject in his house in Greece for the first time. Out of this encounter emerged a friendship that lasted until Fermor’s death in 2011. It was from thoseÂ hours spent together chatting that this charming, personal, and soulful sketch of the English author and traveler was born?a man made fascinating by his life story, his charisma, his generosity, and his talent. This short book conveys a portrait of a man who became indomitable, proud, and charming in old age while retaining his other attributes.Â A snapshot of the colorful adventurer inÂ his final years surrounded by drinks, guests, and above all his books, it is an original and witty study in nostalgia mixed with personal fortitude.