Dashing for the Post

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1473622484

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 496

View: 8755

A revelatory collection of letters written by the author of The Broken Road. Handsome, spirited and erudite, Patrick Leigh Fermor was a war hero and one of the greatest travel writers of his generation. He was also a spectacularly gifted friend. The letters in this collection span almost seventy years, the first written ten days before Paddy's twenty-fifth birthday, the last when he was ninety-four. His correspondents include Deborah Devonshire, Ann Fleming, Nancy Mitford, Lawrence Durrell, Diana Cooper and his lifelong companion, Joan Rayner; he wrote his first letter to her in his cell at the monastery Saint Wandrille, the setting for his reflections on monastic life in A Time to Keep Silence. His letters exhibit many of his most engaging characteristics: his zest for life, his unending curiosity, his lyrical descriptive powers, his love of language, his exuberance and his tendency to get into scrapes - particularly when drinking and, quite separately, driving. Here are plenty of extraordinary stories: the hunt for Byron's slippers in one of the remotest regions of Greece; an ignominious dismissal from Somerset Maugham's Villa Mauresque; hiding behind a bush to dub Dirk Bogarde into Greek during the shooting of Ill Met by Moonlight, the film based on the story of General Kreipe's abduction; his extensive travels. Some letters contain glimpses of the great and the good, while others are included purely for the joy of the jokes.

The Dash for Khartoum: A Tale of the Nile Expedition

Author: G. A. Henty

Publisher: VM eBooks


Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 399

The story of the Nile Expedition is so recent that no word of introduction is necessary to the historical portion of the tale. The moral, such as it is, of the story of the two lads brought up as brothers is--Never act in haste, for repentance is sure to follow. In this case great anxiety and unhappiness were caused through a lad acting as he believed for the best, but without consulting those who had every right to a voice in the matter. That all came right in the end in no way affects this excellent rule, for all might have gone wrong. We are often misled by a generous impulse, more often perhaps than by an evil one, but the consequences may be just as serious in the one case as the other. When in trouble you should always go freely to your best friends and natural advisers, and lay the case fully before them. It may be that, if the trouble has arisen from your own fault, you will have to bear their temporary displeasure, but this is a small thing in comparison with the permanent injury that may arise from acting on your own impulse. In most cases, cowardice lies at the bottom of concealment, and cowardice is of all vices the most contemptible; while the fear of the displeasure of a parent has ruined many a boy's life. Therefore, when you are in serious trouble always go to your best friend, your father, and lay the case frankly and honestly before him; for you may be sure that present displeasure and even punishment are but small things in comparison with the trouble that may arise from trying to get out of the difficulty in other ways.

More Dashing

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408893673

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 480

View: 3544

The second volume of exuberant, lively letters from legendary travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor The first collection of letters from Patrick Leigh Fermor, Dashing for the Post, delighted critics and public alike. This second volume, More Dashing, presents a further selection of letters that exude a zest for life and adventure characteristic of the man known to all as 'Paddy'. Paddy's exuberant letters contain glimpses of the great and the good: a chance conversation with the Foreign Secretary, Anthony Eden, when Paddy opens the wrong door, or a glass of ouzo under the pine trees with Harold Macmillan. They describe encounters with such varied figures as Jackie Onassis, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Oswald Mosley and Peter Mandelson, while also relating adventures with the humble: a 'pick-nick' with the stonemasons at Kardamyli, or a drunken celebration in the Cretan mountains with his old comrades from the Resistance, most of them simple shepherds and goatherds. Paddy was at ease in any company – unfailingly charming, boyish, gentle and fun. Patrick Leigh Fermor has long been recognised as one of the greatest travel writers of his time. Nowhere is his restless curiosity and delight in language more dazzlingly displayed than in his letters, skilfully edited in this collection by Adam Sisman.

When the Post War World Was New

Author: Alzina Stone Dale

Publisher: Tate Publishing

ISBN: 1607990385

Category: History

Page: 347

View: 3107

When she graduated from Swarthmore College in 1952 Mary Alzina Stone, known then by her nickname 'Maryal' did not know what she wanted to do next. While she thought about her options, like some of her classmates she volunteered to go overseas with the Quakers to help rebuild war-torn Europe. She found herself at a Finnish work camp on the Arctic Circle where she helped clear wooded fields for farms with volunteers from all over Europe. When work camp ended, she met some of her college friends to backpack through Western Europe, ending up in London where she stayed several months exploring the city before sailing for home. Years later, a published author, wife, and mother, Dale has made use of her trip diary and letters home to write up her experiences. Her book includes her diary entries and correspondence with family and friends describing her reactions to Europe's history and beauty as well as the adventures young Americans had backpacking across Europe. Dale's travels will make the reader want to book passage on the first flight abroad to retrace her footsteps in When the Postwar World was New. Alzina Stone Dale is a freelance author, scholar, and lecturer who has contributed articles and reviews to numerous literary publications, as well as written several award winning biographies and travel books. She has taught seminars on the history of mysteries at the Newberry Library, run workshops on family history for Urban Gateways at Chicago's inner city schools, chaired panels at mystery conventions, and given lectures on Dorothy L. Sayers, T.S. Eliot, C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton at Bowling Green State University, the University of Chicago, Notre Dame University, University of Toledo, Seattle Pacific University and the Sayers Society in Great Britain. She is a member of the Authors Guild, the Society of Midland Authors, the Crime Writers Association, Dorothy L. Sayers Society, G.K. Chesterton Society, and Sisters in Crime. Dale graduated from Swarthmore College in 1952 and received an M.A. in Literature and Theology from the University of Chicago in 1957. She and her husband Charles have three children. They live in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood but spend summers at Sawyer, Michigan at their old cottage on the lake.

Automotive Service Job Sheets for NATEF Task Mastery

Author: Chris Hadfield

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1133708943

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 816

View: 3952

Help your students master the skills they need to succeed in the automotive industry, with nearly 200 hands-on lab and shop activities correlated to National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) tasks for all eight Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) systems. With content organized by technology area for convenient reference, this dynamic, full-color manual provides detailed illustrations with step-by-step instructions for all major service, diagnostic, and repair procedures, from engines to electronics. Extensive new and updated material makes the Second Edition of this valuable resource even more useful, with performance-based worksheets covering everything on the current NATEF Task List--more than 450 tasks in all! In addition, integrated assessment and critical thinking questions help students reflect on their work, enhance their understanding, and develop important real-world skills they can apply as working automotive professionals. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Succeeding in Business with Microsoft Excel 2013: A Problem-Solving Approach

Author: Debra Gross,Frank Akaiwa,Karleen Nordquist

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1285963962

Category: Computers

Page: 720

View: 7001

SUCCEEDING IN BUSINESS WITH MICROSOFT OFFICE EXCEL 2013 prepares your students to solve business problems by moving beyond the basic point and click skills to think critically about realistic business situations. When students combine software analysis with their own decision making abilities, they are more likely meet any business challenge with success. The Succeeding in Business Series emphasizes problem-solving, critical thinking, and analysis - challenging students to find efficient and effective solutions. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.