Winner of the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, Silver PEN Award, 1987.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.
©1986 The estate of Patrick Leigh Fermor (P)2014 John Murray Press
"Between the Woods and the Water is a book so good you will 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)
Beautifully narrated and marvelously written. Many things are still actual in Romania and Hungary. Loved it
"So near but so far"
Read all three books & was really looking forward to listening to them. Sadly, although Mr Redman has a pleasing voice and style his pronunciation is so consistently erratic as to spoil the whole experience. If only the producers would ensure that their narrators were up to speed with standard pronunciation! A good plan would be for any narrator, especially one dealing with a lot of foreign words or place names, to check with the BBC guide. It really ruined the books for me.
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