Troubador Constant Tides

Released: 28/06/2020

ISBN: 9781838594145

eISBN: 9781838598167

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In the early hours of Monday 28th December 1908, a girl steals through the garden of Villa Mazzini. Lilla is on her way to meet Enzo and together they intend to leave on a steamship for a new life in America. First though, they must evade his father’s spies, for Don Carmelo believes the daughter of a fisherman unworthy of his son’s affections; and second, they must survive the greatest earthquake in the city’s long history.

In July 1943, Mira receives a visit from Lieutenant Aldo de la Grascia at her family home in the village of Ganzirri. Mira is fond of the officer and without his continuous gift of provisions, her café would have closed long ago. However, the war has already made her a widow and Mira isn’t sure if she is ready to love again. Then, late one night, an Italian sailor knocks on her door and asks her to help his companion, a wounded British naval officer.

And in the summer of 2018 on the beach at Capo Peloro, Angelica is intrigued by an Englishwoman who speaks Sicilian in the Messinese dialect and who seems more than a little melancholy. In the afternoon, the woman goes for a swim and is caught in the strong tides that run through the Strait. Angelica wonders whether the woman has put herself in danger intentionally and knows there is little that can be done to prevent her from drowning; that is until a feluca appears.

A three-part novel based on historical events, Constant Tides follows the loves of three courageous women through the spring, summer and autumn of their lives in the Strait of Messina, Sicily. 

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.

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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 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.


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