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In 1933, at the age of 18, Patrick Leigh Fermor set out on an extraordinary journey by foot - from the Hook of Holland to Constantiple. A Time of Gifts is the first volume in a trilogy recounting the trip, and takes the reader with him as far as Hungary. It is a book of compelling glimpses - t only of the events which were curdling Europe at that time, but also of its resplendent domes and monasteries, its great rivers, the sun on the Bavarian sw, the storks and frogs, the hospitable burgomasters who welcomed him, and that world's grandeurs and courtesies. His powers of recollection have astonishing sweep and verve, and the scope is majestic.
Patrick Leigh Fermor, 1915-2011, was born of English and Irish descent. After his stormy schooldays, followed by the walk across Europe to Constantinople that features in A Time of Gifts (1977) and Between the Woods and the Water (1986), he lived and travelled in the Balkans and the Greek Archipelago. The concluding volume of the trilogy, The Broken Road, was published in 2013. In the Second World War he joined the Irish Guards, became a liaison officer in Albania, and fought in Greece and Crete. He was awarded the DSO and OBE.
Patrick Leigh Fermor
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