Robin Fedden was a man of many talents. A considerable amateur scholar of the Middle East, he wrote books about Syria and Egypt, yet it is for his paean to mountains and mountain climbing, The Enchanted Mountain, and for this memoir Chantemesle, that he is best remembered. Both books are being reprinted this year, and should draw new fans to his "polished, gem-like, poetical" works. By day Robin Fedden worked for the National Trust, as Secretary to the Historic Buildings Committee and as Deputy Director-General.
"a little masterpiece" John Julius Norwich