Pre-ordering Artemis Cooper’s biography of Patrick Leigh Fermor

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Just a quick note to regular readers and those who search for this book – there are many Google searches for this proposed biography.

It came to my attention that a book called Biography of Patrick Leigh Fermor by Artemis Cooper and Antony Beevor is due to be published by Penguin in September 2011. At least that is what it says on Amazon and a number of on-line book sites.

I contacted Amelia Fainey who is Publicity Director for Penguin books as my belief was that the agreement (and if I recall correctly actually mentioned in In Tearing Haste) is that the book will be published after Paddy’s death.

Amelia responded thus:


I’m afraid we don’t have a date scheduled for this yet – possibly 2013 – certainly not this September!


So, if you were hoping for a book this autumn you will have to wait …. at least two years, and I suspect a lot longer than that.

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2 thoughts on “Pre-ordering Artemis Cooper’s biography of Patrick Leigh Fermor

  1. proverbs6to10 Post author

    Yes Paul, they are taking advance orders all over the place on many sites, but as Penguin say, this is probably an error on the part of the booksellers.

  2. PaulD

    They’re taking advance orders on I have ordered it and feel really quite guilty. I hope I have to wait for a long time. I am looking forward to reading the book, but there’s really no hurry, and I would be more than happy if it needs another chapter or two.


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