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.
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
A fiercely eventful novel . . . Combines a powerful sense of elemental place with a keen
awareness of the elemental human flaws. - New York Times
Combines powerful psychological drama with an impressive sense of period. - Mail on Sunday
An utterly gripping read, a tale that says a great deal about the mystique of men and the sea
even as it entertains. - Publisher s Weekly
Peter Nichols was born in the USA and brought up in Europe. As well as writing four non-fiction titles and a novel, he has worked as an actor, shepherd and sea captain, sailing widely across the world. As a journalist he has written for the New York Times, London Review of Books, The Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph and GQ. He lives in Maine and teaches creative writing at various US universities.