From the Blurb;
"The Villa Ariadne is in Crete, close to the Palace of Minos at Knossos, near Herakleion. It was built by the great Sir Arthur Evans soon after he had discovered the Palace, when this archaeological site was his own private property. He needed to be on the spot when he was romantically reconstructing the ruins, so he built the Villa Ariadne and lived there in state, benevolent autocrat.
Dilys Powell knew him, just as she was is one of the few living people who have known the Villa over 40 years. But, when after the last war, she went back to find it to find out if Evan`s name survived in the Cretans` memories, she found there were apt to introduce a new name Blebbery. It was the Cretan`s way of pronouncing Pendleburry - John Pendleburry, the scholar athelete who lived at the Villa Ariadne after Evens, was Curator of Knossos and became an imperishable legend in Crete when he led guerrillas against the invading Germans in the close-run Battle of Crete and died a terrible death at enemy hands.
Dilys Powell was his friend, and now she gives new information about this scholar-solider`s life, with its echoes of T. E. Lawrence-like ideals, and his early and tragic death. She knew, too, some of the brave men who were parachuted or landed on Crete to maintain a British presence on the island when it was in German hands - ragged scholars living in caves and sometimes without a pair of sound boots to their name.
The Germans took over the Villa Ariadne, and the German General Kreipe was living there when he was kidnapped by Patrick Leigh Fermor and others - one of the greatest feats of its kind of the whole war. Dilys Powell has talked with Kriepe since, and walked over the mountains, the impossible mountains, over he which he was dragged on mule-back and foot in the 18 day journey across the island, on the way to captivity.
The Villa Ariadne has now passed out of British hands and belongs to Greece."
Excellent pages with slight edge-wear. Includes dust-jacket in very good condition.