Published: 28/02/2016
ISBN: 9781784625368
eISBN: 9781785894107
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Peter Crawley was born in Chiswick, London, in July 1956 and educated at Cranleigh School, Surrey, and at the Goethe Institut, Freiburg im Breisgau, in what was then West Germany. He spent much of his... read more

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The Truth in Fiction
by Peter Crawley

The Truth in Fiction is a collection of eighteen short stories written and collated over the last ten years. Many of them are stories written about the streets of London, the cities of Europe and locations as far afield as the mountains around Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand. Some of these stories are narrated by the central character, whereby we listen to his or her appreciation of events, and the remainder are told in the third person, where the reader is invited to draw his or her own conclusions from the tale.

In ‘A Prodigious Epiphany for Padraig’, written in Santiago de Compostela at the end of walking the Camino de Santiago, we meet Padraig O’Rahilly as he passes the evening enjoying the fiesta of the literary heroes of Galicia and during which he confesses to his young guide the motivations for his pilgrimage to the city.

In ‘Geneva’, a young UNHCR lawyer, waiting for his flight to be called, is approached by a timid Iranian refugee, who asks the lawyer to record in a journal the strange tale of how he has come to be in the city.

Finally, ‘I Know’ tells the story of two women who meet for the first time at a wake and come to realise they both knew the recently departed rather better than many of those who have come to pay their respects.

The topics of each story vary between those of love and loss, coincidence, taking gentle pokes at social prejudice and how it is that the harsher lessons of life are often those most valuable... The Truth in Fiction will appeal to fans of short stories, and those who enjoy travelling.

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Peter is currently finishing his next and fourth novel, The Truth in Fiction, a collection of nineteen short stories collated over the last ten years. His previous works, Mazzeri, Boarding House Reach and Ontreto – the sequel to Mazzeri – have all been published under the Matador imprint. Ontreto, set in the Aeolian Islands just to the north of Sicily and the most recently published, is the stand-alone sequel to Peter's first novel, Mazzeri. Boarding House Reach, his second novel, tells the story of five residents of a guest house on the Norfolk Coast and how their lives are intertwined.
Mazzeri was been nominated for The American Library in Paris Book of the Year Award 2014.

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4 out of 5 stars

The stories in this collection were written over the last ten years and are based mainly in Europe. Many are either set in Great Britain or involve an Englishman abroad. The only ones not set in Europe are the first set in New Zealand and the last set in the Windward Islands. At the end of the collection are Crawley's bases for the stories as well as a tribute to the many people who contributed to the stories. It is a light hearted collection and well worth a look.

by Deborah Mika


 

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