When Richard Mason’s first novel, The Drowning People, sold a million copies while he was still at Oxford, the Times dubbed him “King of the hot young writers.” He is now the internationally bestselling author of five novels including History of a Pleasure Seeker which was an Oprah selection, and last year’s Who Killed Piet Barol?, which is longlisted for the Sunday Times Literary Award 2017.
Set against the backdrop of the Natives Land Act, which abolished property rights for 90% of black South Africans, Who Killed Piet Barol? takes readers on an epic Colonial adventure. He’ll be discussing the making of “a highly original book. Part magic realism, part fable, part history and wholly engrossing” – The Times, Books of the Year.
When he was 21, Richard founded the Kay Mason Foundation (www.kmf.org.za) with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to support young people with leadership potential from the poorest communities in his native South Africa. In 2009, Mason founded and built Project Lulutho, a centre for adult learning and green farming the Eastern Cape.
As a screenwriter he is developing a dramatization of E M Forster’s writing of A Passage to India (starring Ben Whishaw as E M Forster); an original political thriller, Nexus, with Hat Trick Productions and an original show, HNW, about a fixer to the global elite, for ITV Studios.
He has written for many publications including the Times, the Daily Telegraph, Vanity Fair, and Vogue. He has appeared on Newsnight and been the subject of a CNN profile.