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"Spanning 1954 to 2007, the volume reads like an accidental memoir of a disappearing world stretching from the manor houses of the English aristocracy to the olive groves of Greece, its people and places rendered with a kind of care that’s becoming scarce in our age of helter-skelter communication. At the same time, the book’s title, a phrase deriving from Leigh Fermor’s habit of dashing off messages ‘with a foot in the stirrup,’ captures the vigor and bustle of the lives that nourished the correspondence….In Tearing Haste is engaging from start to finish. There isn’t a dull letter among Charlotte Mosley’s selections. Even her annotations, often incorporating information from the book’s two correspondents, are as surprising as they are informative….More than anything else, the collection is important as an addition to Leigh Fermor’s body of work, both because his letters constitute a larger portion of the volume and because the writing in them harmonizes with the books that established his literary reputation." —The Nation
"This is a book that evokes a lost world of glamour, intelligence and personal scruples. The memory of its pristine landscapes, resolute gaiety and eccentric characters leaves a glorious afterglow." —Sunday Telegraph
"Spanning half a century, bursting with wit and conviviality…the result is surely one of the great 20th-century correspondences." —The Observer (London)
"This marvelous correspondence celebrates two of the most important things in the world, courage and friendship" —The Spectator
"Highly engaging exchanges of mutual joie de vivre." —The Times
"As full of fizz and conviviality as a glass of champagne" —Metro
"A feast for reading…An enchanting book." —Irish Examiner
"Chatty, witty, teasing, gossipy, relentlessly cheerful and with more than a hint of modest good sense, her short replies bounce off his beautiful essays like volleys of tennis balls off a cathedral." —The Scotsman
Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011) was an intrepid traveler, a heroic soldier, and a writer with a unique prose style. After his stormy schooldays, followed by the walk across Europe to Constantinople that begins in A Time of Gifts (1977) and continues through Between the Woods and the Water (1986), he lived and traveled in the Balkans and the Greek Archipelago. His books Mani (1958) and Roumeli (1966) attest to his deep interest in languages and remote places. In the Second World War he joined the Irish Guards, became a liaison ofﬁcer in Albania, and fought in Greece and Crete. He was awarded the DSO and OBE. He lived partly in Greece—in the house he designed with his wife, Joan, in an olive grove in the Mani—and partly in Worcestershire. He was knighted in 2004 for his services to literature and to British–Greek relations.
The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire is the last surviving of the six noted Mitford sisters. She became chatelaine and housekeeper of one of England’s greatest and best-loved houses, but following her husband Andrew’s death in 2004, she moved to a village on the Chatsworth Estate, where she now lives.
Charlotte Mosley lives in Paris and has worked as a publisher and journalist. She is the editor of Love from Nancy: The Letters of Nancy Mitford, The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh, and The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters.
Amazingly long relationships between two people who are friends. Some are delightful and ful of interesting information about their world before and after WWII.Published 1 month ago by Clare Whitney
Letters between two fascinating people with much to chat about and the times they were living in. Delightful reading.Published 3 months ago by Bizzy Lizzy
What a wonderful book. All the better that both of the writers were alive to comment on their letters.Published 4 months ago by Jay Currie
a treasure to keep by your nightstand . Fermor has finally. posthumously gottten the acclimation earned over his long adventurous heroic lifePublished 9 months ago by Ralph H Thompson
Charming nostalgic conversations between two very dear old friends.Published 13 months ago by Eva H. Morris
I first read Fermor for his books about walking through Europe as a young man and later
learned that he used those experiences during his military service in World War II.
Great funny and enlightening letters between the real James Bond and the Dutchess. Their very interesting English lives bring to light the history of the times.Published 22 months ago by C. Davis