Award-winning novelist Richard Mason was born in South Africa and lives in London.
He was 21 when his first novel The Drowning People was published. It sold more than a million copies in 28 languages and won Italy’s Cavour Prize for Best First Novel. After his second novel Us, he began a collection of interconnected works that now include The Lighted Rooms, History of a Pleasure Seeker and Who Killed Piet Barol?
‘Mason writes in a beautifully turned, classical style that yields pleasing phrases and psychological complexity.’ The New York Times book review
‘Enthralling and perfectly paced’ Observer
‘Superb … gorgeous, precise descriptions’ Wall Street Journal
‘One of the three best books of the year.’ Independent
‘Delicious’ LA Times
After seeing an iPad for the first time, Richard determined to create a touchscreen version of History of a Pleasure Seeker. He knew the inclusion of music, images, essays and videos could fuel his readers’ imaginations.
The result was the Orson, an awe-inspiring edition that synchs the audio book with the text – and a curated collection of bespoke titles available within the Orson app.Visit the Orson & Co website
Named in memory of Richard’s sister, the KMF provides over 75 scholars per year education in Cape Town’s best secondary schools. The foundation’s life-changing results were born from the proceeds of Richard’s first novel and led to him receiving the Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy.
In 2010 Richard and the KMF helped found Project Lulutho, a rural regeneration project in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.Visit the KMF website