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Patrick Leigh Fermor
British author, scholar and soldier....
- Leigh Fermor's father, Sir Lewis, was a distinguished geologist. Shortly after Patrick was born, his mother left to join his father in India, leaving him behind with another family.
- He was later expelled from The King's School, Canterbury on the pretext that he was caught holding hands with a local greengrocer's daughter.
- He continued educating himself, reading texts on Greek, Latin, Shakespeare and History with the intention of entering the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
- He soon decided, however, at just 18, to walk the length of Europe, from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. Leigh Fermor set off on 8 December 1933, when Hitler had recently come to power in Germany, with a few clothes, the Oxford Book of English Verse and a volume of Horace's Odes .
- He slept in barns and shepherds' huts, but also in the country houses of Central Europe with the landed gentry and aristocracy.
- In February 2004, he accepted the knighthood which he had declined in 1991; in February 2007, the Greek government made him Commander of the Order of the Phoenix.
- At the same time, it emerged that, for the first time, he had decided to work using a typewriter - having written all his books long-hand until then.
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