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A Time of Gifts

A Time of Gifts

In 1933, at the age of 18, Patrick Leigh Fermor set out on an extraordinary journey by foot – from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. A Time of Gifts is the first volume in a trilogy recounting the trip, and takes the reader with him as far as Hungary.

It is a book of compelling glimpses – not only of the events which were curdling Europe at that time, but also of its resplendent domes and monasteries, its great rivers, the sun on the Bavarian snow, the storks and frogs, the hospitable burgomasters who welcomed him, and that world’s grandeurs and courtesies. His powers of recollection have astonishing sweep and verve, and the scope is majestic.
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Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General / Autobiography: General

On Sale: 10th October 2010

Price: £10.99

ISBN-13: 9781848545236

Reviews

Nothing short of a masterpiece
Jan Morris
A treasure chest of descriptive writing
Spectator
Not only is the journey one of physical adventure but of cultural awakening. Architecture, art, genealogy, quirks of history and language are all devoured - and here passed on - with a gusto uniquely his
Colin Thubron, Sunday Telegraph
Every page of this book is distinguished by an image, a metaphor, a flash of humour always original and sometimes as incisive as a laser beam.
Vincent Cronin
A tremendous journey ... and he's fabulous company
Manchester Evening News
This is a traveller's tale at its infectious and informative best; vividly remembered and beautifully written
Church Times
John Murray is doing the decent thing and reissuing all of Leigh Fermor's main books ... But what else would you expect from a publisher whose commitment to geography is such that for more than two centuries it has widened our understanding of the world?
Geographical Magazine
Rightly considered to be among the most beautiful travel books in the language
Independent
Bringing the landscape alive as no other writer can, he uses his profound and eclectic understanding of cultures and peoples ... to paint vivid pictures - nobody has illuminated the geography of Europe better
Geographical Magazine
Nothing short of a masterpiece
Jan Morris
A treasure chest of descriptive writing
Spectator
Not only is the journey one of physical adventure but of cultural awakening. Architecture, art, genealogy, quirks of history and language are all devoured - and here passed on - with a gusto uniquely his
Colin Thubron, Sunday Telegraph
Every page of this book is distinguished by an image, a metaphor, a flash of humour always original and sometimes as incisive as a laser beam.
Vincent Cronin
A tremendous journey ... and he's fabulous company
Manchester Evening News
This is a traveller's tale at its infectious and informative best; vividly remembered and beautifully written
Church Times
John Murray is doing the decent thing and reissuing all of Leigh Fermor's main books ... But what else would you expect from a publisher whose commitment to geography is such that for more than two centuries it has widened our understanding of the world?
Geographical Magazine
Rightly considered to be among the most beautiful travel books in the language
Independent
Bringing the landscape alive as no other writer can, he uses his profound and eclectic understanding of cultures and peoples ... to paint vivid pictures - nobody has illuminated the geography of Europe better
Geographical Magazine
[Fermor's] gloriously ornate account of that epic journey is a classic of what we might call the 'literature of the leg'
Robert Macfarlane, Waitrose Weekend