In his acknowledgements, Leigh Fermor thanks a number of people for ‘kindness and haven during restless literary displacements’, and it seems he spent considerable time writing at their homes, or homes in their possession, over the years.  One of those friends provided him with ‘high-perched Andalusian asylum’.

I like the idea of a network of places providing ‘kindness and haven’ for writers and others trying to creating something.  Having benefitted from such places himself, Leigh Fermor and his wife bequeathed their home in Greece to a foundation, asking that it be made available for writers’ retreats.

Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, Between the Woods and the Water (London: Penguin Books, 1986), p. 13

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