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Series: New York Review Books
Publication Date: November 14, 2017
Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Life in Letters
by Patrick Leigh Fermor, selected and edited by Adam Sisman
Zestful, vivid, and buoyant with polymathic learning, Leigh Fermor’s letters reveal themselves perfect for anthology. There are descriptions and anecdotes equal to anything in his writing, spurred by memorable friendships, suffused with affection and occasional distress: all finely edited by Adam Sisman.
Hugely entertaining, funny and occasionally moving...edited meticulously and brilliantly.
Zest, verbal finesse, almost pristine receptivity and a richly informed cultural and historical consciousness make these letters, even when the erosions of time and illness shadow them, irresistibly exhilarating.
—The Sunday Times
Adam Sisman is a model editor.... Reading these letters is like gobbling down a tray of exotically filled chocolates, with no horrible orange creams to put you off.
—Harry Mount, Literary Review
Adam Sisman’s selection of Patrick Leigh Fermor’s letters is entirely admirable . . . an unmissable feast.
Here is a veritable feast for fans of Paddy Leigh Fermor . . . Sisman has done a tremendous job selecting and editing this treasure-trove of letters.
—Justin Marozzi, The Spectator
Superb . . . Adam Sisman has done an excellent job of selecting and editing these letters, almost any one of which would have been a joy to receive.
—Times Literary Supplement
This is one of those books that make you feel a little bereft when you finish it.
To read these letters and their superb footnotes is to walk with some of the great ghosts of twentieth-century literature.
Oh joy! The wit, the humour, and the dazzling intelligence make this, for me, the most unputdownable book of the year.