Richard Mason

A writer and philanthropist, he was born in 1977 in Johannesburg, South Africa, and now lives in London. He studied literature at Eton and Oxford. His first novel, "The Drowning People", a psychological thriller set in the world of rich English aristocracy where choices are based on convenience and conversations revolve around family origins, economic possibilities and social opportunists, was published when he was 20, The book, translated into 28 languages, took Mason to the heights of contemporary English literature and several critics spoke of a new Fitzgerald, thanks to the elegance of his prose and the caustic dissection of high society. After his second novel ("Us"), the author created an interconnected series of works which, together with his first two novels, includes "The Lighted Rooms", "History of a Pleasure Seeker" and the recent "Who Killed Piet Barol?", a portrait of a pair of unscrupulous social climbers in the Cape Town of the early twentieth century, combining history, fairy tales and magical realism. In memory of his sister, and to ensure access to education for young South Africans, he set up The Kay Mason Foundation, to which he dedicates part of the proceeds from the sale of his novels.

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