A short and delightful account of three wonderful old birds – Coote Heber Percy, Billa Harrod and Freda Berkeley – who set off in a car with rather taxing suspension for the Peloponnese in 1990, to soothe their widowhood by seeking out the warm south and, in particular, Patrick and Joan Leigh Fermor.
In 1842 a young French artist and historian set out on a 3-year journey round the Middle East, returning with over 1000 daguerreotypes, which include the earliest surviving photographs of Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon and Syria. Some 120 are reproduced in this catalogue to an exhibition at the Met.
The beautifully-produced catalogue of a wonderful exhibition that has moved from Cyprus to Athens and now to the British Museum. The friendship of these three men lasted five decades, and is illustrated by a profusion of paintings, letters, photographs, etc. The labyrinthine network of their circle (Stephen Spender, Ann Fleming, Lucian Freud, Nikos Kazantsakis…) is a roll-call of lasting fascination.
We have imported this from Cyprus, and believe stock may prove limited.
Rachel Weaving, with photographs by Marianne Majerus
Beautiful coffee table book, large format, with stunning photographs of private gardens which range from romantic old estates and highly personal ‘grandmothers’ gardens’ to stunning contemporary works by international designers. The ‘Garden Island’ has more rainfall than anywhere else in the Aegean. The newer gardens are designed for sustainability, conserving water and drawing inspiration from the surrounding natural landscape. Tracing the roots of their inspiration, the book’s last chapter explores the island’s varied wild landscape and the procession of wildflowers through the seasons. Outstanding.
Joan LF was Patrick Leigh Fermor’s wife, who is emerging from her husband’s shadow thanks to a recent and very good biography and now to this book of her marvellous photographs. Though her work was hailed by the likes of John Betjeman and Cyril Connolly, she did not expect her photographs to be published. Her archive of 5000 photographs contains an astonishing record of Greece from 1945-1960, as well as portraits of friends, of London during the Blitz, etc.
JLF emerges from her husband Patrick’s shadow as a talented photographer, whose work was hailed by Betjeman and Connolly. Portraits of friends, London in the Blitz, and an exceptional record of Greece in the first decades after WW2.