Traveller’s Century – Benedict Allen seeking Patrick Leigh Fermor

Many will be aware of Benedict Allen’s 2008 BBC documentary where he follows Paddy’s journey and eventually gets to meet with Paddy at Kardamyli. It is rarely shown and unavailable on iPlayer. However, there will be a chance for some to watch the programme at Waterstones Piccadilly on Thursday 9th October at 6.30pm. As part […]

Benedict Allen’s Travellers’ Century on Patrick Leigh Fermor

This is from the television review pages of the Independent covering Benedict Allen’s 2008 ‘Traveller’s Century’ series and the episode that focused on Paddy’s walk ending at the Iron Gates. I have seen this programme and share some of the frustrations of the author, but on balance it was a pretty fair programme given the […]

Travellers’ Century: Patrick Leigh Fermor on YouTube

Posting the Stanford awards notice the other day, made me think again about Benedict Allen’s profile of Paddy on the Travellers’ Century series which is available on You Tube. Whilst relaxing with your loved ones over the festive period, or at any other time, why not take an hour out to watch this lovely little […]

World-Class Shortlist Announced for the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2020

Whether you are looking for (very) last minute travel books as Christmas gifts, or you would like to view a selection of what are possibly some of the best travel, and travel related books of 2019, the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards (ESTWA) shortlist may be a good place to look. There are a wide […]

Eric Newby and Paddy: Two events in London this week – your reminder

Tuesday 14th April. Eland publications are pleased to announce that the Traveller’s Film Club is back! It is held at Waterstone’s, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1. Benedict Allen introduces the 2008 BBC documentary on Eric Newby from the Traveller’s Century series he presented, directed by Harry Marshall (Icon Pictures; this is a definite one for me! […]

Abducting a General: Crossing Europe and kidnapping a German general

A very rare profile of Paddy by the BBC. Barely anything is available on the BBC about one our greatest Englishmen. Since his death the amount has increased with an obituary and the serialisation of Artemis Cooper’s biography. This review is welcome. From BBC News Magazine By Andy Walker Abducting a General: The Kreipe Operation […]

Travellers’ Century: Patrick Leigh Fermor now on YouTube

The event at Waterstones on Thursday with Benedict Allen introducing his 2008 film about Paddy’s life and work was a great success. Organised by Barnaby Rogerson of Eland Publishing (who specialise in keeping the classics of travel literature in print), we were treated to a few glasses of wine before the film whilst chatting to […]

An eye for detail and the memory of the Hotel New York in Cluj

There is often a debate about Paddy’s ability to recall so much of his journey with accuracy so long after the event and often without his precious notebooks. Benedict Allen put him to the test at the Red Ox Inn in Heidelberg and the Romanian spa resort of Baia Herculene: Paddy passed that test with […]

The Guardian: Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor obituary

Highly regarded travel writer and heroic wartime SOE officer By James Campbell First published in The Guardian 10 June 2011 Patrick Leigh Fermor, who has died aged 96, was an intrepid traveller, a heroic soldier and a writer with a unique prose style. His books, most of which were autobiographical, made surprisingly scant mention of […]

A Visit with Patrick Leigh Fermor, Part 3

Part 3 of Ben Downing’s meeting with Paddy in 2001 at Kardamyli.  Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. by Ben Downing. This text originally appeared in issue 165 of The Paris Review, Spring 2003. There was an incident dating from this vagabond period—from 1956, to be exact—that I was keen to ask Paddy […]

A quinquereme among abbeys

Irish saints and the Abbey of Melk. Surely there is a link to Paddy? Of course he visited here in 1934 and wrote about it at length in A Time of Gifts pp 154-158. By Alexander O’Hara. First published in The Irish Times, October 9 2012 The Abbey of Melk sits like a benevolent sleeping […]

Sex O’Clock High by Patrick Leigh Fermor

“Sex O’Clock High” – Get out your dictionaries, standby to Google … reading this short article by Paddy for the New Statesman (written in 1963) is at once both a joy and a frustrating, dizzying cornucopia of colourful and fiendish alliteration (thanks to my friend Carl Hagan for leading me to this). I am reposting […]

A Prince of the Road by Colin Thubron

This is a major essay about Paddy by his good friend Colin Thubron. Perhaps worth printing and reading at your leisure. Use the Print Friendly facility. by Colin Thubron First published in the New York Review of Books, January 17 2008. To suggest that Patrick Leigh Fermor is the greatest travel writer alive is to […]

Sex O’Clock High by Patrick Leigh Fermor

“Sex O’Clock High” – Get out your dictionaries, standby to Google … reading this short article by Paddy for the New Statesman (written in 1963) is at once both a joy and a frustrating, dizzying cornucopia of colourful and fiendish alliteration (thanks to my friend Carl Hagan for leading me to this) Taken from the […]