Patrick Leigh Fermor. Dashing for the post: Letters, selected and edited by Adam Sisman. John Murray 2016 (1st edn, 1st imp.).
Hardback, dark blue cloth with gilt titles on spine. Book condition Fine, apparently unread. DJ near-Fine, very slight indentations near spine.
A revelatory collection of letters written by the author of The Broken Road. Handsome, spirited and erudite, Patrick Leigh Fermor was a war hero and one of the greatest travel writers of his generation. The letters in this collection span almost seventy years, the first written ten days before Paddy's twenty-fifth birthday, the last when he was ninety-four. His correspondents include Deborah Devonshire, Ann Fleming, Nancy Mitford, Lawrence Durrell, Diana Cooper and his lifelong companion, Joan Rayner. His letters exhibit many of his most engaging characteristics: his zest for life, his unending curiosity, his lyrical descriptive powers, his love of language, his exuberance and his tendency to get into scrapes - particularly when drinking and, quite separately, driving. Some letters contain glimpses of the great and the good, while others are included purely for the joy of the jokes.