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The Rocks by Peter Nichols
  

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A big, generational novel interestingly told in reverse. We begin in 2005 and travel back through 1995, 1970, 1951 and 1948 where the mystery began. There is a small closure back in 2005 which ties it all together but in between we get the story of an old couple who fall off a cliff path in Mallorca. She, Lulu, runs a little hotel, The Rocks; he had divorced her back in 1949. It is an intriguing way of telling a dramatic story, of following the couple’s lives and that of their children. Highly original and recommended.

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The Rocks by Peter Nichols

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.

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'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

About the Author

Peter Nichols

Peter Nichols spent ten years at sea working as a professional yacht captain, living and cruising aboard his own small wooden sail boat, before turning to writing full time. He is the author of three critically acclaimed books: a memoir of those years, Sea Change: Alone Across the Atlantic in a Wooden Boat; Evolution's Captain and Lodestar (a novel). He lives in Paris.

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Publication date

2nd July 2015

Author

Peter Nichols

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Publisher

Heron Books an imprint of Quercus Publishing

Format

Hardback
432 pages

Categories

Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781848666382

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