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.
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
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.