Peter's Latest Novel

Two families bound by the Strait of Messina.

Constant Tides is a story of survival, sacrifice and immense courage.


Young Lilla hurries through the gardens of Villa Mazzini to meet Enzo. Together, they hope to leave the city for a new life in America. All that stands in their way – his father and the deadliest earthquake in Messina’s history.


War has already made Mira a widow and the Tenente is charming and sophisticated; without his supplies she would have had to close the café long ago. Then one night, an Italian sailor brings an injured man to her door.


Surely, if the Englishwoman speaks the local dialect, she should know the waters off Capo Peloro are treacherous. So when the woman is swept away, Angelica wonders if she has put herself in danger intentionally.

Reviews for Constant Tides:

This is the book that got me through lockdown. (Amazon)

Peter Crawley has brought together in delicate detail and intricate homework an intriguing family history interwoven with real and tragic events in an iconic setting that is real and there to be seen. In true Italian style I would suggest you relax, take your time and let this story wash over you as would the tide. (Amazon)

I think this is a lovely book with real heart and I would recommend it. (LoveReading)

Crawley has a knack for getting inside the heads of his characters and his readers and bringing a place to life so that you walk with them through the scenes as the book progresses. I just wish I had been on holiday as then I would have finished it in a day probably but I might have been antisocial in doing so! (Google)

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. (Waterstones)

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 won't be going abroad this summer - well not a problem -just get this book and bring Italy into your home instead. A brilliant read. (Amazon)

Given the chance, I would have read Constant Tides in one sitting... just impossible to put down. I was totally absorbed from beginning to last page. (Amazon)

I have read Peter Crawley's books for some years. His writing is delightful. This book is just amazing. Read this now, you will be transported to another world. (Amazon)

My first book from this author! Captivating from the start. I will definitely be purchasing more of his work. (Amazon)

Once I started reading Constant Tides I found it difficult to put down. I was fascinated to learn about Sicily and the 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. (Independent)

Further viewing

Videos of Peter describing the locations, events and characters that inspired Constant Tides.

Constant Tides - Part 1: Locations

Constant Tides - Part 2: Characters

Constant Tides -Part 3: Casa Cuseni

FinalCut Teaser for Constant Tides Audiobook

Further Reading

What You Don't Know About Me

Constant Tides

The Wind between Two Worlds

The Truth in Fiction

Ontreto: A Novel of Lipari

Boarding House Reach

Mazzeri: Love and Death in Light and Shadow