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.
I loved this book so much that I recommend it to everybody.
A really truly great book in all, thank you Peter Crawley!
I requested this book because it seemed like an interesting topic to read about. Not many books are dealing with these problems, these people. I'm a little uncertain about it, though. After I read it through, I'd say I liked it very much, and I did, but that's mostly only because of the second half, or rather the last third of the novel. I had to get through at least half of the book so that I could be at least a little invested. I can't really put my finger on why exactly, but I felt a little detached while reading.
As I think about it, it may be the 'journalist after a story' thing that made me feel a little distant in the beginning. It sounds like a good concept, and all in all, seeing the whole arc, I'd say it worked well, but it made it hard for me to connect with the story and characters at first. It's mostly talking about things, and not actually seeing how things were done. I expected this book to actually be about those things promised, to see and feel what it's all like, but all I could see was a young journalist trying to gather a story. It's okay, but I felt like I would've been more interested in actually secondhand-experiencing stuff, and not reading about how a guy hears about the actual story. It also results in going through happenings a couple times too much, thus making me feel like I'm in and out of interest for most of the novel.
The second half saved this book for me, though. The story got faster paced, and I started to connect with the characters. Simon seemed like a nice guy after all, even though at first I sometimes couldn't help feeling like he really was in it only for the story (in spite of himself thinking otherwise). This changed by the end, and I happened to like him. I enjoyed his interactions with Soraya, as well as the policeman Carver. The only character I had a problem with was Candy. I don't mean that I didn't like her, I mean that I felt like...well, like she wasn't a real character, a real person at all. She was so obviously there for only technical purposes. As soon as Simon (and the story) didn't need her, she just disappeared. I found that weird. Otherwise, I thought the characters were good and believable.
After finishing this novel, and seeing it as a whole (I had to go back and reread the first chapter to remember how it all started, though), I think this was a fairly good book. I enjoyed (especially the second half), and I'm glad I read it. In most books that at least mention these topics, these are showed only peripherally, and I loved that this one dared to make it the main theme.
If you like a good mystery and have a little patience, this is a book for you!
by Dóra Szekeres
I requested this book because both the cover and the subject matter appealed. I was not disappointed. The characters were believable and varied and the book moved at a comfortable pace. I hope that Peter will write more with these characters who were just like people you could meet on any given day in any UK town or city. A mystery man, a guy with a regular and safe job, military friends and concerned family friends with a bit of mystical eastern flavour sprinkled throughout.
by Christine Harper
Well written and timely book that is unique in that the topics are not frequently written about. The cover is beautiful and so is the author's writing.
by Cristie Underwood
I have to admit, I don't know what it was about this novel that appealed to me but I had to jump at the chance. I am so glad I did.
Peter Crawley has weaved an amazing story with characters that are relatable. He has covered topics that are relevant to society today , not by glossing over them but by telling it like it is. I could not read this book fast enough.
Would definitely recommend The Wind Between Two Worlds. From the beautiful cover to the intriguing story within, I don't think there will be too many readers ( if at all ) that will regret picking up this novel.
by Sue Blanchard
Simon Peckham a young journalist in London is given the assignment to cover a human interest story involving a homeless person that died on the street. What the police consider just another routine death Simon uncovers a story that is full of mystery and intrigue. This book definitely kept me guessing until the last page.
by Susan Woodson
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 youth in Corsica and on leaving school worked the gin palaces - the luxury motor-yachts - of the Northern Mediterranean, often sleeping rough between assignments. Late one summer near Porto Vecchio, on the south-eastern coast of Corsica, the matriarch of a village entrusted him with a notebook in which she had recorded the local proverbs and aphorisms. Many of those truisms and the atmosphere they engender are employed in the premise, tone and resonance of Mazzeri. However, the story of Mazzeri is inspired by Peter's experience of being caught between two feuding families during that long, hot summer.