Between the Woods and the Water

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Between the Woods and the Water is a travel book by British author Patrick Leigh Fermor, the second in a series of three books narrating the author's journey on foot across Europe from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople in 1933/34.

The first book in the series, A Time of Gifts, recounts Leigh Fermor's journey as far as the Middle Danube. Between the Woods and the Water (1986) begins with the author crossing the Mária Valéria bridge from Czechoslovakia into Hungary and ends when he reaches the Iron Gate, where the Danube formed the boundary between the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and Romania. The planned third volume of Leigh Fermor's journey to its completion in Constantinople, The Broken Road, was not completed in his lifetime, but was finally published in September 2013.[1][2]

Many years after his travel, Leigh Fermor's diary of the Danubian leg of his journey was found in a castle in Romania and returned to him.[3] He used it in his writing of the book, which also drew on the knowledge he had accumulated in the intervening years.



  1. ^ "Patrick Leigh Fermor's final volume will be published" The Guardian 20 December 2011
  2. ^ Patrick Leigh Fermor - The Broken Road - Hodder & Stoughton. 12 September 2013. ISBN 9781848547537. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  3. ^ Leigh Fermor, Patrick (2011). Between the Woods and the Water; On Foot to Constantinople: From the Middle Danube to the Iron Gates. New York Review Books. p. 59. ISBN 9781590175187. A thick green manuscript book bought in Bratislava and used as a notebook and journal...left behind by mistake in a friend's house in Rumania...A few years ago, after decades of separation, I miraculously got it back.
  4. ^ "Past Winners 1980-2003". Thomas Cook Publishing. 2004. Archived from the original on 31 August 2005.