William Dalrymple and Artemis Cooper discuss Abducting a General on BBC’s today programme


Justin Webb introduces this package on BBC Radio Four’s Today programme on Thursday 9 October 2014. Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor was one of the world’s great travel writers. In the grand old tradition he was a scholar and a war hero and a general all-round high achiever. Top of his achievements was the capture of a German general on Crete – and today for the first time his account of that capture is published. Travel Writer and historian William Dalrymple and biographer Artemis Cooper discuss.

You can listen to the programme on BBC iPlayer for a further four weeks if the BBC let you listen in your country. Click here to find the webpage for Thursday then slide the cursor to 02.23 to start the interview which lasts about six minutes. I had problems using it with Firefox. OK with IE.

Abducting a General: The Kreipe Operation and Soe in Crete by Patrick Leigh Fermor is available to purchase. Click on the highlighted text.


2 thoughts on “William Dalrymple and Artemis Cooper discuss Abducting a General on BBC’s today programme


    JANE H ………General Kreipe’s question ……. ‘Telle me Herr Major, what is the point of this’ …….. just when I was wondering the same thing.

  2. JulianA

    Also fine in Safari on iOS.

    Not sure that Justin Webb has read PLF! I don’t recall reading that Paddy was classically educated (as Justin Webb suggests) – other than by his own reading and studies…

    Always good to hear from William Dalrymple and Artemis Cooper – a very good listen: thank you. I should have missed this otherwise (I was listening to Chris Evans (sorry!))


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