In 1933, Patrick Leigh Fermor set out to walk from Holland to Istanbul. The
accounts of his journey published during his lifetime are regarded as classics of
twentieth century travel literature. Since Fermor’s death in 2011, renewed interest
in all aspects of his long life has included two tribute walks across Europe.
Both published in 2014, Jeremy Cameron’s Never Again and Nick Hunt’s Walking
the Woods and Water consider the continuities as well as changes which are
apparent in Europe since Fermor’s day. In paying homage to Fermor’s physical
and literary journey, these narratives demonstrate how engaging with a travel
writer’s legacy can produce different outcomes.
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