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Richard Mason
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Richard Mason was born in South Africa in 1978 and lives in New York City.  His first novel, The Drowning People, published when he was twenty-one and still a student at Oxford, sold more than a million copies worldwide and won Italy’s Grinzane Cavour Prize for Best First Novel.  He is also the author of Natural Elements, which was chosen by the Washington Post as one of the best books of 2009 and longlisted for the IMPAC Prize and the Sunday Times Literary Award.  History of a Pleasure Seeker is his fourth novel. 
 
In 1999, with Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu...

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History of a Pleasure Seeker

Written by Richard Mason


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $15.95

Piet Barol has an instinctive appreciation for pleasure and a gift for finding it. When his mother dies, Piet applies for a job as tutor to the troubled son of Europe's leading hotelier—a child who refuses to leave his family’s mansion on one of Amsterdam’s grandest canals. As Piet enters this... Read more >
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History of a Pleasure Seeker

Written by Richard Mason


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 7, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Natural Elements

Written by Richard Mason


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $16.95

In this moving, layered novel of memory and family, celebrated author Richard Mason tells the story of a mother and daughter, one caught in the past, one racing toward the future.

Joan is eighty years old, a gifted amateur pianist who can no longer play because of her arthritic hands. Joan’s daughter... Read more >
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Natural Elements

Written by Richard Mason


Format: eBook, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 17, 2009
Price: $13.99

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