About the Author
Peter Crawley was born in Chiswick, London in 1956. He was educated at Cranleigh School, England, the Goethe Institut in Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany, and spent much of his youth in Germany and Corsica. Upon leaving full-time education and after a short period in the army, he worked in Stuttgart, Germany, as a translator and on luxury motor-yachts around the Côte d’Azur and the Northern Mediterranean. In the late 1970s he sailed a fifty foot ketch from Spain to St Vincent and the Grenadines and lived on the island of Bequia for six months. In the early 80s, after further travels, he started his own business dealing in contemporary and classic Mercedes-Benz in London’s West End. Thirty years later he has returned to writing full-time. Through the 1990s he raced historic sports cars and formula single-seaters at home and abroad. His interests include his family, writing short stories, obituaries and biographies, research for his writing, and skiing. He lives in Chertsey, England, with his wife Carol. They have three daughters.
He is has recently finished writing his second novel, Boarding House Reach, set on the Norfolk coast and due for publication towards the end of this year. He is about to start writing the sequel to Mazzeri, which is titled Ontreto and is set in the Aeolian Islands, just north of Sicily.
Curiously, and in a manner that completes a circle, my brother-in-law, Philip Deeker, is about to lead a cycling tour of Corsica. I trust he will neither meet any of the few remaining Mazzeri, nor suffer the vagaries of an island where it is said 'bread is of wood and wine is of stone'.