Event: The Vagabond and The Princess

Princess Balasha Cantacuzène by Lafayette, 9 June 1920

After his ‘great trudge’ on foot through Romania in 1934, Paddy returned there the following year but this time not alone.

In Alan Ogden’s new book, The Vagabond and The Princess, he tells the touching story of the love affair between the youthful writer and Balaşa Cantacuzino, a beautiful Romanian Princess. Inseparable for the next four years, they parted on the eve of the Second World War when Paddy determined to join up. Some twenty-five years later they were reunited in very different circumstances and remained in close touch until her death in 1976.

Alan Ogden will be signing copies of his book. Entry is free but non PLFS member attendees are invited to make a donation; booking essential

When? 14 May 2018
Time? 7.15 pm
Location? The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London W1U 5AS

If you would like to attend, please email info@patrickleighfermorsociety.org.


11 thoughts on “Event: The Vagabond and The Princess

  1. Jonathan Morgan

    I have contacted the Hellenic Centre and they have no author contact details or publisher details and are merely hosting the event. I have e mailed the society and Tom to see if we can get details or where to obtain the copies of the book.I will post an useful info as soon as I receive it.


    Dear Sir /Madam,

    Regrettably, owing to a clash in diaries I am unable to attend the ‘Vagabond and the Princess’ event on Monday the 14th of May 2018 at the Hellenic Centre.

    I, and others, would however dearly love to have a copy of the book, which does not appear available in any of the usual places. ie Foyles, Amazon, Waterstones etc.

    Would it be possible to have contact details for other Alana Ogden, the author, or indeed the name / details of the publisher of the tome so we can purchase direct?

    Many thanks

    Yours faithfully,


    Jonathan Morgan BA(Hons) MSc. CMS. Dip. EMG
    07907 209 416

  2. John Chapman

    You might find amusing the piece in the Times Literary Supplement April 13 2018 p.17. By James Campbell. ‘Finding Constantinople – a lunch with Patrick Leigh Fermor’ . It was dated to about the same time I met Paddy.

    1. proverbs6to10 Post author

      Thanks John – on to that one already. Looking forward to reading it tonight. Hope you are well.

  3. Christina MCCAUSLAND

    It would be helpful to have more information on what it is that is on offer !

    😏 Thanks,

    Christina McCausland

    1. proverbs6to10 Post author

      Hello Christina. My thoughts exactly. I’m trying to find out more and will post if I find out anything!

  4. James

    For those of us who cannot attend this… is this book on sale yet – I cannot find it listed anywhere?!


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