Simon Fenwick at Hungerford Literary Festival

  • Hungerford Town Hall, Hungerford, RG17 0NF
    Hungerford Town Hall
    Hungerford, RG17 0NF UNITED KINGDOM
  • 15/10/2017 13:30 - 15/10/2017 14:30


A talented photographer Joan Leigh Fermor defied the social conventions of her times. She featured regularly in the gossip columns, not only for her affairs and her fashionable clothes, but for her intrepid travels to Russia and America. In 1944 in Cairo, she met Paddy Leigh Fermor, lionized for his daring kidnap of the Nazi General Kreipe in Crete. Simon Fenwick reveals the extraordinary life of a woman who, until now, has been defined by the man she married and their famous friends. 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 is an archivist who has worked on the private papers of Patrick Leigh Fermor and Xan Fielding. He lives in London.