Book cover for Joan



19 April 2018
368 pages
Imprint: Pan


[A] chatty, charmingly digressive, gossipy biography
Does Joan merit a biography of her own? If someone had asked her, she would almost certainly have said no. But Simon Fenwick pulls it off . . . A quiet rebel and a fertile muse, Joan was a remarkable woman, and this is an entertaining book.

In this engrossing biography, the woman hitherto overshadowed by her husband
(soldier and author Patrick Leigh Fermor) is brought from black and white to full
colour . . . Societal expectations of women are compellingly captured, too, along with
Joan’s inner life, resulting in a vivid portrait of her and the places and people she loved.