Jan Morris review of Nick Hunt’s Where the Wild Winds Are

Jan Morris’ review of Nick’s new book, Where the Wild Winds Are: Walking Europe’s Winds from the Pennines to Provence. First published in The Literary Review. She is effusive in her praise, concluding … Hunt’s own summing-up of the whole venture expresses it better than I can, anyway. He says that he and his senses have […]

Canadian Review of Walking the Woods and the Water by Nick Hunt

A positive review for Nick’s book in the Canadian online journal Macleans. By First Published in Macleans 1 November 2014. In December 1933, an 18-year-old Englishman by the name of Patrick “Paddy” Leigh Fermor set off to walk the width of Europe, from Rotterdam to Istanbul. He packed little more than some clothes, several letters […]

Two in one – Nick Hunt and Dolores Payas in Bristol 4 September

Nick Hunt, author of Walking the Woods and the Water is talking with Dolores Payas on the work of Patrick Leigh Fermor at Stanfords Bristol on 4th Sept at 6.30pm. This is a great chance for those who live in the depths of the west of England to hear Nick talk about his walk to […]

Publication day for Walking the Woods and the Water by Nick Hunt

Today marks a very important day for Nick Hunt as it is the publication day of his wonderful first book, Walking the Woods and the Water which describes his 2011-2012 journey walking in Paddy’s footsteps from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul. Many of you will be familiar with the background and even supported Nick […]

Loving it! Walking the Woods and the Water by Nick Hunt

I have been lucky enough to receive a copy of Nick Hunt’s soon to be published book which follows Paddy’s journey all the way to Constantinople. Coming out under the title Walking the Woods and the Water, it will be published on 20 March. There will be time to offer a more in-depth review but […]

£1 a week Hook of Holland to Constantinople – come and meet Nick Hunt tonight Dalston, London

Nick Hunt will be at the kick-off event tonight for his fundraising along with a bunch of other people who are raising funds through WeDidThis. There will be drinks, and good things to look at with plenty of interesting people to talk to including Nick! Free music, performances and wine in Dalston Heights from 6.30 […]

Listen to Harry and Nick

I know that many of you would have liked to have joined me and dozens of others as we listened in awe to Blandford Forum’s leading travel writer, Harry Bucknall, at the recent Stanford’s Travel Writing Festival. Along with our very own Nick Hunt they kept us entertained with stories of their travels across Europe. […]

£1 a week – Nick’s talk at Up Down and Across

Some audio for you to enjoy from Nick Hunt’s recent talk at Up Down and Across. He says on his blog: My talk was a rambling exploration of Europe’s invisible pathways, its not-so-invisible motorways, ancient borders, modern-day myths and the multiple layers of story that lie beneath every walker’s boots. Unfortunately my digital recorder died […]

£1 a week Hook of Holland to Constantinople: Where is Nick?

Since his departure on 9 December we have heard little from Nick Hunt. He did post a short piece describing his departure from Hook of Holland on his blog, but since then silence. However, it appears that Nick is making good progress and on 28 December he was in Bingen near the end of the […]

£1 a week to Constantinople – Bon Voyage to Nick and Nice Weather for Young Ducks

Paddy does not say if his last night in London before his epic journey was as busy as it was on Wednesday as Nick Hunt gathered with some friends in Shepherd Market to wish him well on his epic journey, but seventy-eight years ago today our hero, and let’s not be ashamed to say it, […]

Your cash is worthless – you might as well give it to Nick!

As we face yet another phase of financial Armageddon. As stock markets tumble and the only worthwhile assets to hold are copies of Paddy’s books in first editions, farmland and gold. As Europe’s leaders sun themselves, seemingly oblivious to the death throes of the Euro, it is time for the sprint to the finish line […]

Beneath the surface: Tuscany’s ancient walking trails

Our friend Nick Hunt (author of Walking the Woods and the Water and Where the Wild Winds Are) has recently written an article for the Guardian about the Vie cave network of sunken paths. Dug by the Etruscans more than 2,000 years ago, they offer a fascinating way to explore a little-visited corner of southern […]

Patrick Leigh Fermor – the journey continues

From time to time, the Benaki Museum publishes a supplement to its regular journal, and the 9th Supplement is a masterpiece dedicated to Paddy’s life. Well bound, and coffee table book sized, there are over twenty new articles exploring a range of topics including Paddy’s intimates and friends, his walks, the Cretan resistance, wider discussions […]

Adventures for Harriet – A literary hike along Paddy’s route in memory of Harriet Clarke

As those who correspond with me know, I can be very slow to follow-up on the messages and suggestions that so many of you send me, but on the whole I do tend to catch-up eventually. Jennie Harrison Bunning, who is in charge of Marketing and Publicity at the always brilliant Slightly Foxed – a […]

The gravitational pull of a unique personality

We all discovered Paddy by different routes, but if one follows the thread of certain ideas, one can often find it leads to Patrick Leigh Fermor. My own journey started with my interest in Byzantine history; the link with Constantinople and Steven Runciman being my link. It was therefore a great joy to hear from […]

Horatio Clare and Bill Bryson winners at Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards

Some disappointment for our friend Nick Hunt in the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards, the results of which were announced at an event at London’s National Liberal Club this week. The winner was Down To The Sea In Ships: Of Ageless Oceans and Modern Men, Horatio Clare’s account of the ordinary men that place their […]

Hachette UK Buys Nicholas Brealey Publishing

Whilst I have been busy moving house over the last month, hence the absence of posts – sorry – the publishing world has moved on. Hachette UK has acquired Nicholas Brealey Publishing in a deal that includes the company’s U.S. imprints, Davies L. Black and Intercultural Press. By the end of the summer three of […]

Patrick Leigh Fermor Society events March and April

We seem to be turning into a classified ads section for Paddy related events at the moment. It’s one announcement after another. Sorry about that but it just shows that there is a lot going on and it is only fair to give due warning so you can schedule your diaries or even your trans-Atlantic […]

Like a Tramp Like a Pilgrim: On Foot, Across Europe to Rome by Harry Bucknall

One of the best travel books of the year has to be Like a Tramp, Like A Pilgrim: On Foot, Across Europe to Rome by former Coldstream Guards officer, and Blandford Forum’s premier travel writer, Harry Bucknall. Recounting his pilgrimage from Canterbury to Rome, it is fresh, and full of good humour. By Tom Sawford […]

Salmagundi Magazine special feature on Patrick Leigh Fermor

I am grateful to Marc Woodworth for sending me this feature about Paddy posted in Salmagundi Magazine. It includes excerpts from three essays: Joanna Kavenna on memory and the past in A Time of Gifts George Prochnik on Byzantium and style in Mani Bina Gogineni on exoticism in The Traveller’s Tree Plus exclusive online contributions […]