Simon Fenwick at Daunt Books in Hampstead

  • Daunt Books, 51 South End Road, London, NW3 2QB
    Daunt Books
    51 South End Road London, NW3 2QB UNITED KINGDOM
  • 19/10/2017 18:30 - 19/10/2017 20:00


Volumes have been written by and about Patrick Leigh Fermor, but his wife Joan is almost entirely absent from their pages. Now Simon Fenwick, the first archivist to see the Leigh Fermor papers, reveals a woman hitherto only fleetingly glimpsed. In this riveting biography, written with full access to Joan's personal archive, Simon Fenwick reveals the extraordinary life of a woman who, until now, has been defined by the man she married and their famous friends. Here, at last, Joan is placed at the centre of her own story. It is also a riveting portrait of a marriage and a milieu, revealing the sexual and intellectual mores of that wartime generation who lived life at full tilt, no matter what the consequences. Simon Fenwick will be in conversation with Georgina Godwin.

Simon Fenwick is an archivist who has worked on the private papers of Patrick Leigh Fermor and Xan Fielding. He lives in London.