Sir Patrick Michael Leigh Fermor, DSO, OBE, was once described as a cross between "Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene". His long life, 1915 to 2011, is too rich for me to attempt a summary (the awards in front and behind his name give a hint of it's range) though soldier, author and scholar cover the broad bases. It's difficult to think of a travel writer from the second half of the 20th century who was not influenced by the accessibility and warmth of his writing. His first book, The Traveller's Tree, published in 1950, is the story of his post-war travels in the Caribbean - more well known now are the three books about his journey at the age of 18 from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul in 1933/34 - A Time Of Gifts (published 1977), Between The Wood And The Water (1986), and The Broken Road (2013). If you subtract his birth date from the date of his first most widely known work you'll see there is a precedent for all who want to put their travels onto paper - start now and write, there is always someone who wants to read.
As I was unpacking some boxes today I found A Time To Keep Silence, which, the book tells me, is about his inner, spiritual journey - I have yet to read it but it will go into the lending library along with The Violins Of Saint-Jacques, his only novel. We will try to get a set of Fermor's books because I know the ones I have read are inspirational - especially for the armchair wanderer.
The Little Free Library Blog - by James Smith
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