• Between the Woods and the Water

  • On Foot to Constantinople from the Hook of Holland: The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates
  • By: Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • Narrated by: Crispin Redman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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Between the Woods and the Water

By: Patrick Leigh Fermor
Narrated by: Crispin Redman
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Publisher's summary

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

Critic reviews

"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)