Richard Mason Club Book Talk

Monday 14 November, 6:30pm

Richard Mason first came to prominence at the age of 21, when the London Times dubbed him “king of the hot young writers“. He had just published his first novel, “The Drowning People“, an “exceptional achievement” (Guardian) that became “one of the most talked about first novels of 1999” (Daily Telegraph). 

Join us to hear Richard Mason discuss his new book Who Killed Piet Barol?”, set in the first decades of twentieth-century colonial Cape Town and in a spirit-filled forest of secrets and magic powers. 

Who Killed Piet Barol?

Pretender Piet Barol and singer Stacey Meadows are making a splash in colonial Cape Town but are running out of cash. With creditors at their heels, their furniture business is imploding and only a major win will save them. So Piet enlists two Xhosa men to lead him into the magical forest of Gwadana in search of precious wood.

Meanwhile the Natives Land Act has just abolished property rights for the majority of black South Africans, and whole families have been ripped apart. Piet’s charm and appetite for risk lead him far beyond the privileged white world to a land and community that sees him with new eyes.

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