Early reviews of Constant Tides:
have read Peter Crawleyâ€™s books for some years. His writing is delightful. This book is just amazing. The detail is exceptional without taking away from the story. I knew nothing of Sicily let alone Messina, but I feel I want to go there now - sadly not possible. Peter has written about three incredible women. Donâ€™t take that the wrong way. It also involves amazing Sicilian men - men of history never mind now. Read this now, you will be transported to another world.
My first book from this author! Captivating from the start. I Will definitely be purchasing more of his work.
I have read all of Peter Crawleyâ€™s books and Constant Tides does not disappoint. It is a wonderful story which is obviously the result of hours of research and work.
Through his writing Peter describes, in detail, Sicily and the town of Messina as well as the lives of his main female characters; Lilla, Mira and Angelica. The story follows the relationships these girls form with others in society covering three distinctive eras.
Once I started reading Constant Tides I found it difficult to put down. I was fascinated to learn about Sicily and events in history that shaped the area while forming a binding relationship with each of the characters.
I strongly recommend reading this book and believe it will appeal to a variety of readers.
Each novel from Peter Crawley is more ambitious in scope than the previous. His latest encompasses more than a century in the lives of interlinked families and those who come up against them in and around Messina on the north-east coast of Sicily. It starts with the 1908 earthquake which largely destroys the city and the harrowing descriptions of the death and destruction are not for the faint-hearted. This sets in motion a series of events taking in 1943 where Italy, in an increasingly fractious alliance with its German allies endures the American invasion and finally 2019 where descendants of the original sundered families interact to bring about a very satisfying conclusion.
Throughout the lives of local people are closely examined and Crawley manages to sketch in fascinating historical and cultural details without clunky exposition and as well as making you sympathetic to the characters makes you want to find out more about this fascinating part of Italy - about which I knew next to nothing. The style is fluid and assured, but not flowery and Chapter 6 of Book 2 detailing a meeting between a determined cafe owner seeking supplies and a self-important sentry is a masterpiece of serio-comic writing. Thoroughly recommended.
Who needs to go on holiday this summer? With Constant Tides I have visited Messina daily.
The evocative descriptions of the town and surrounding countryside allow you to wander the streets and hillsides in your mind.
It is hard to imagine the hardships and privations of the inhabitants, first with the earthquake, then the life of bombing and rationing in world war 2. Skilfully bringing the book up to date, you feel that you know the elderly inhabitants having lived through their traumas with them.
Peter Crawley masterfully draws together three generations whose life is woven into the past and present of Messina.
The attention to detail is outstanding and the story gripping. Learning about the earthquake that killed over 100,000 people in 1901, I didnâ€™t want to put the book down.
Peter Crawley has got into the head of his characters, bringing them to life. This could not be done without a deep understanding of the human psyche.
It looks as if a lot of us wonâ€™t be going abroad this summer - well not a problem - just get this book and bring Italy into your home instead.
A brilliant read.
Given the chance I would have read Constant Tides in one sitting..just impossible to put down. Sicily in earthquake devastation, young romance shattered, the cruelty of war then families somehow reunited.. brilliantly constructed.... Pete I was totally absorbed from beginning to the last page.
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 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. Peter has recently finished his sixth novel, Constant Tides. All his previous works have been published under the Matador imprint. Mazzeri, set in Corsica, was nominated for The American Library in Paris Book of the Year Award 2014. Ontreto, set in the Aeolian Islands just to the north of Sicily, is the stand-alone sequel to that first novel. 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. The Truth In Fiction is a collection of short stories all written in different locations throughout the world. The Wind Between Two Worlds tells the story of a young reporters mission to find a former Royal Marine who, suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress, has surrendered to the streets of London. Constant Tides follows the lives of three generations of two families who live by the shore of the Strait of Messina. Extensively researched, including time spent working on a feluca, a swordfish fishing boat particular to the Strait, and with reference to his uncles memoir of his experiences serving on Motor Torpedo Boats in the Strait during WWII, Constant Tides is a testament to the people of Messina; a testament to their struggle for survival, the sacrifices they have had to make and to their immense courage.