Three generations, two families and the dangerous delights of a Mediterranean island, The Rocks is a bittersweet chronicle of unresolved feuds.
Set on the island of Mallorca, The Rocks is a double love story told in reverse. Opening in 2005 with a dramatic event that seems to seal the mystery of two lives, the story moves backwards in time, unravelling over sixty years, amid the olive groves and bars, the boats and poolside parties, the lives and relationships of two intertwined families within an expat community of endearing and flawed characters. As one story is revealed, another, sweeter one, a love story of a couple from the younger generation, arises in the wake of their elder's failures.
The Rocks is a darkly comic, bittersweet, finally heartbreaking novel, that slips back in time to reveal the shocking incident that marked and altered these lives for ever.
Set over 60 years, this family drama will completely consume you.I have admired Peter Nichols for a long time. He shows an unflinching honesty in his writing and he brings to light the intricate dynamics of human relationships, both the noble and the small. Nothing escapes him.A beautifully crafted love story set against an idyllic backdrop of ocean breezes and lemon groves. Nichols expertly weaves a tale that stretches across decades and generations, giving us a unique and unforgettable cast of characters.A Mediterranean idyll, a family saga, a mystery. A love story that's as weird as real life, as rich and surprising and tender and affecting. The Rocks
is all these things. Like Beautiful Ruins
, it reminds me of all the reasons I read novels.An involving and erudite sagaGorgeously absorbing... Told in flashback, with wit, passion and charm'Peter Nichols's wondrous novel The Rocks
is clearly the odyssey he was born to undertake, the book he was destined to write' Richard Russo.This is a sophisticated and ambitious novel but I'm going to keep my verdict simple: it is one of the best books I've read in a long time . . . The setting, the engaging cast of characters and the changes in morals and society over the decades are vividly painted and fascinating. The Rocks has everything I look for in a work of fiction but rarely find between one set of covers.Three generations, two families and the dangerous delights of a Mediterranean island, The Rocks is a bittersweet chronicle of unresolved feuds.
Peter Nichols is the author of the international bestsellers A Voyage for Madmen
(finalist for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year), Evolution's Captain
, and three other books of fiction, memoir, and non-fiction, which have been translated into many languages. His non-fiction has been nominated for an American Pushcart Prize; his novel Lodestar
was a Book Of The Month Club Main Selection and nominated for the Dublin IMPAC literary award. He has written for the New York Times, London Review of Books, The Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Gourmet
He has taught creative writing at Georgetown University, New York University in Paris, and elsewhere. Before turning to writing full time he worked as a shepherd in Wales, a screenwriter, and spent ten years at sea as a professional yacht captain, during which time he sailed alone in a small leaky boat across the Atlantic, the subject of his first book, Sea Change
. He divides his time between Europe and the USA.For fans of The Cazalet Chronicles
, the Clifton Chronicles
and Tigers in Red Weather
.A wonderful portrait of changing social mores over the decades.A remarkable new fiction author, with a writing style that recalls One Day.Highly promotable author will be available for events in the UK.