'Artemis Cooper's funny, wise, learned but totally candid biography reveals Leigh Fermor to be an adventurer through and through . . . page-turning'
'Artemis Cooper's definitive biography draws on many years' encounters with Fermor, and is probably the most important travel-related book of the year'
'Patrick Leigh Fermor survived enough assaults on his existence to make Rasputin seem like a quitter . . . He was elegant as a cat, darkly handsome, unboreable, curious, fearless, fortunate, blessed with a near eidetic memory, and is surely one of the great English prose stylists of his generation . . . At last his biography has been detailed in full, in Artemis Cooper's tender and excellent book'
'This book is a primer for those poor souls yet to encounter his work, and a valuable, decoding manual for the multitude who believe that Leigh Fermor's trilogy about his youthful walk from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul marks one of the high points of twentieth-century English prose . . . Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover'
'Xenophilia is as English as Stilton. In one of the wonderful letters quoted in this perceptive, haunting and highly readable biography, Patrick Leigh Fermor called living in England "like living in the heart of a lettuce. I pine for hot stones and thorns and olive trees and prickly pears"'
'Happy the hero who, after a lifetime of glorious achievement, in death finds a biographer worthy of his memory. Artemis Cooper . . . makes this marvellous book less a mere life story than an evocation. [Patrick Leigh Fermor] is justly commemorated in this magnificent biography, and will surely be remembered for ever as one of the very best of men'
'Magnificent . . . Cooper's book is the perfect memorial to this remarkable man . . . For those of us who loved him and his work, and for a whole generation of writers who set off in his footsteps, he was the exemplar, showing how magnificently an English life could still be lived. He remains . . . the model to which we still aspire'
'Whether describing a night attack on Crete, a love affair or the political tensions over Cyprus that poisoned Anglo-Greek relations after the Second World War, she writes with a cool hand and clear head. Her book lives up to the majesty of the man'
'Artemis Cooper has done a brilliant job. The story rips along, as Leigh Fermor's life did, with friends and lovers, books and journeys and parties. And in the quieter moments we are left with something far more enduring: a man for whom the world was endlessly fascinating, and who found that he could create for his readers with carefully crafted words the same wonder that it gave him'
'The outstanding achievement in literary biography this year'
'It is not easy writing a biography of someone who has poured so much of his life into his books, but Artemis Cooper has done a brilliant job'
'In a splendid biography Artemis Cooper shows how a rather frustrated young man, who found it difficult to conform, changed the course of his life by undertaking an extraordinary journey . . . Cooper has done a sterling job in recounting his time on Crete'
'He is the greatest travel writer of the last century, a master of English prose . . . no one has written so well about what it is like to be young and hopeful, with one's future spread before one. Artemis Cooper has done him proud'
'Artemis Cooper carries us on a calm, confident journey . . . Cooper has mastered a tremendous amout of material'
'Artemis Cooper winningly followed in the footsteps of the great charmer, warrior and yarn-spinner'
'Artemis Cooper's biography proved magnificently that a somewhat over-eulogised hero could be well worth the eulogising after all'
'There's a true biographical treat in store with the long-awaited arrival of . . . Patrick Leigh Fermor, the sure-to-be glorious life of the twentieth century's greatest Hellenic traveller'
'Artemis Cooper draws on years of interviews with the author and his friends in this much-anticipated biography'
'By any standards, Patrick Leigh Fermor led an extraordinary life'
'In describing Leigh Fermor's life, Artemis Cooper had often to revisit a told tale while correcting detail, expounding and inserting context. It was not an easy commission, and she has delivered it brilliantly . . . Artemis Cooper's fine biography gives colour and substance to the adventure, and a delicate, sympathetic portrait of the man who made it his life'
'I also adored Artemis Cooper's biography of my favourite travel writer . . . in her new biography Cooper has left the perfect memorial to this remarkable man, which is as full of joie de vivre as its subject'
'The life of an immensely charming man . . . compelling, funny and wise'
'An outstanding account of an extraordinary life; tender and evocative, without ever hardening into hagiography'
'Artemis Cooper . . . has done him proud'
'[Patrick Leigh Fermor's] experiences have been rubbed smooth by much telling, often inaccurate s well as humdrum, and it is very much to Artemis Cooper's credit that she irons out the inaccuracies and places each anecdote in its proper context, backing it up with careful documentation'
'An admirably fair-minded portrait of the celebrated travel writer and adventurer'
'It is not easy to convey the flavour of a man whose fame to a large extent rests on his ebullient personality and conversation but Ms Cooper succeeds admirably in his readable and entertaining book'
'Fermor emerges as a man determined to live on his own terms, if not his own means, and who mostly - and most magnificently - succeeded'
'A fine friendly, biography of a heroic, headlong character'
'Artemis Cooper has done a fine job of documenting his travels'
'Tender and excellent'
Praise for Patrick Leigh Fermor's writing: 'Elegant and vividly exotic . . . done with brilliant aesthetic feeling and a charming philosophic melancholy'
'Beautiful is the adjective which comes uppermost . . . Patrick Leigh Fermor is a writer with outstanding descriptive powers'
'A wandering scholar but with a difference: unlike the celebrated travellers of the past he has become part of the country he describes'
'Cooper does this iconic figure proud in a well-researched biography'
'One of the 20th century's truly great men, Fermor is admirably served by this splendid biography'
'Cooper does full justice to this 20th-century Renaissance man'
'A superb biography of the adventurous travel writer and war hero, draws on the years of interviews and complete access to his archives'
'A roster of adventure and exuberant derring-do'
'His writing beautifully evokes exotic people and places. There wasn't nearly enough of it, but what there was has endured'
'Artemis Cooper's Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure was widely admired for its vivid portrait of a remarkable man'
'A clear-sighted account of an extraordinary life'
'She successfully communicates his enormouos enthusiasm for life'
Artemis Cooper reveals a quite extraordinary human being
Affectionate but never credulous, Cooper gets the measure of the man
It is the depth, pace and objectivity that distinguishes this impressive biography
Affectionate and amiable biography
Cooper makes a familiar life - the adolescent walk across Europe, the derring-do in wartime Crete, the books that established him as one of the great prose writes of the 20th century - seem new
Tender and excellent
Artemis Cooper does a wonderful job of retelling the story of how 'Paddy' tramped across Europe in the 1930s, slept with princesses and kidnapped Nazis on his beloved island of Crete. Affectionate but never credulous, Cooper gets the measure of the man