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Between the Woods and the Water: On Foot to Constantinople from the Hook of Holland: The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates

Patrick Leigh Fermor

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Biography: general, Autobiography: general, Prose: non-fiction, Travel & holiday

The second great Patrick Leigh Fermor classic - and the sequel to A TIME OF GIFTS.

The acclaimed travel writer's youthful journey - as an 18-year-old - across 1930s Europe by foot began in A TIME OF GIFTS, which covered the author's exacting journey from the Lowlands as far as Hungary.

Picking up from the very spot on a bridge across the Danube where his readers last saw him, we travel on with him across the great Hungarian Plain on horseback, and over the Romanian border to Transylvania.

The trip was an exploration of a continent which was already showing signs of the holocaust which was to come. Although frequently praised for his lyrical writing, Fermor's account also provides a coherent understanding of the dramatic events then unfolding in Middle Europe. But the delight remains in travelling with him in his picaresque journey past remote castles, mountain villages, monasteries and towering ranges.

Although BETWEEN THE WOODS AND THE WATER was published nine years after A TIME OF GIFTS, Fermor is famously still at work on the concluding part of his trilogy.

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Praise for Between the Woods and the Water: On Foot to Constantinople from the Hook of Holland: The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates

  • Between the Woods and the Water is a book so good your resent finishing it. - Sunday Times

  • 'The finest travelling companion we could ever have... His head is stocked with cultural lore and poetic fancy to make every league an adventure.' Christopher Hudson - Evening Standard

  • As full of zest, joy and delight as its predecessor - Country Life

  • He is exploring the very furthest boundaries of the genre. - Jan Morris, The Times

  • The most enjoyable living writer to be published this year - Peter Levi, The Spectator

  • I have never enjoyed a travel book more and I would doubt if I will ever enjoy one so much again - Robin Lane Fox

  • 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

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