Patrick Leigh Fermor (Paddy Femor) | First Editions

1915 - 2011

Sir Patrick Michael Leigh Fermor, DSO, OBE (11 February 1915 – 10 June 2011), also known as Paddy Fermor, was a British author, scholar and soldier who played a prominent role behind the lines in the Cretan resistance during the Second World War. He was widely regarded as Britain's greatest living travel writer during his lifetime, based on books such as A Time of Gifts (1977). A BBC journalist once described Fermor (in perhaps the most flattering terms one can hope for) as "a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene."

Fermor had a long and decorated career, winning awards such as: the Heinemann Foundation Prize for Literature for The Traveller's Tree (1950), the Lifetime Achievement Award of the British Guild of Travel Writers.

(2004), and was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1991. The Patrick Leigh Fermor Society was formed in 2014.


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