Roumeli: Travels in Northern Greece (Penguin Travel Library)

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Roumeli is not to be found on maps of present-day Greece. Seduced by the strangeness and beauty of the name, Patrick Leigh Fermor has taken the title formerly used to describe Northern Greece to cover his random wanderings through this exotic region. Sharing in the celebrations of a wedding among the Sarakatsan Nomads, sleeping in the monastery of St Barlaam high on the mountainside, sitting by the fireside sipping ouzo and devouring a succulent leg of lamb and retsina-soaked apples, he recalls his travels amid the people of Northern Greece and, delving into history, produces a blend of past and present.

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Mani and Roumeli: two of the best travel books of the century ( Financial Times)

A masterpiece softened by warm, human understanding ( Sunday Times)

Marvellous... we are fortunate to have these unforgettable reports from the fields and the marshes, the peaks and the chasms, the taverns and the waterfronts of the Roumeli ( Observer)

A wandering scholar but with a difference: unlike the celebrated travellers of the past he has become part of the country he describes ( Sunday Times)

He is in the first flight of writers on Greece ( The Times)

John Murray is doing the decent thing and reissuing all of Leigh Fermor's main books ... But what else would you expect from a publisher whose commitment to geography is such that for more than two centuries it has widened our understanding of the world? ( Geographical Magazine)

Bringing the landscape alive as no other writer can, he uses his profound and eclectic understanding of cultures and peoples ... to paint vivid pictures - nobody has illuminated the geography of Europe better ( Geographical Magazine)

'Extraordinarily engaging . . . thanks to Leigh Fermor's ability to turn an insight into a telling phrase . . . a compelling story' ( London Review of Books)

Leigh Fermor is a writer's writer, a man whose prose is frequently and justifiably likened to poetry. He writes like an angel in other words -- and angels don't date ( Justin Marozzi, Financial Times)

'A Book For... The Greek islands' ( Justin Marozzi, Financial Times)

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Patrick Leigh Fermor travels among Sarakatsan shepherds, the monasteries of Meteora and the villages of Krakora, among itinerant pedlars and beggars, and even tracks down at Missolonghi a pair of Byron's slippers.

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