Troubador The Truth In Fiction

Released: 28/02/2016

ISBN: 9781784625368

eISBN: 9781785894107

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The Truth In Fiction

A collection of short stories


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.

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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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

Peter Crawley

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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