After he reached Constantinople he travelled to Greece where he fell in love not only with the country but also with an older, richer Countess from one of the Balkan countries. His other books Mani and Roumeli, which he used as excuses for not continuing the travel story, are essays of love to those Greek areas.
His other claim to fame, and where I was totally wrong in my image of Patrick Leigh Fermor, were his activities on Crete as a Special Operations Officer during the Second World War. Along with another adventurer, and disguised as a German Corporal, he kidnapped a German General and spirited him off the island. I'm afraid I regard this as yet another schoolboy prank! Local villagers were punished terribly and it turned out not to be the wicked General after all, but his more acceptable replacement.
No doubt because of family connections, Artemis Cooper did know Patrick Leigh Fermor and acknowledges that not everyone loved him. But most did. A terrific biography of a life lived well and not to be repeated these days. It is said that Artemis Cooper will edit the unfinished manuscript left by Patrick describing the third part of his journey to Constantinople, perhaps to be called The Broken Road.
Her other books are Writing At the Kitchen Table: The Authorized Biography of Elizabeth David and Paris After the Liberation 1944-49 written with her husband, military historian Antony Beevor. She has also edited many books, including the Letters of Evelyn Waugh (Ed: The version edited by Artemis Cooper is unavailable) and Diana Cooper. One book I especially liked was Cairo in the War which now seems to be out of print. Keep an eye out for it.
Just for fun I'm going to list a few of the books of John Julius Norwich, the third Viscount, (whose children called him Lord Know-It-All). His most recent publication is The Popes: A History but he is most known for his histories of Byzantium and the Normans in Sicily. The titles are Byzantium: The Early Centuries; Byzantium: The Apogee; Byzantium: The Decline and Fall and A Short History of Byzantium. Normans in the South 1016-1130 and The Kingdom in the Sun 1130-1194. The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean and A History of Venice. A nice little extra, especially for travellers, is A History of England in 100 Places: From Stonehenge to the Gherkin which describes some historically important places you can still visit today. Of course you can always find these books on Abbey's famous History shelves.
Here's another nostalgic suggestion for you. An author who also left home in 1934 to walk into his future, just as Patrick Leigh Fermor did, is Laurie Lee, author of As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning. He also took more than thirty years to write his story of walking from London through Spain, making his way by playing his violin in cafes and streets. His other book, Cider with Rosie is available in Vintage Classics and is a delightful account of his childhood in the Cotswolds in the 1920's. Lovely writing. He is the author of several other books but these two are regarded as classics.
Keep well, Eve