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Who Killed Piet Barol? Hardcover – 8 Sep 2016

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (8 Sept. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1474602339
  • ISBN-13: 978-1474602334
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 4.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 691,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Utterly entrancing...Richard Mason has created an epic narrative in which human failure and decency are opposing forces. Mason entwines the divided racial strands of South Africa in 1914, in a riveting tale seen through the eyes of both colonial whites and tribal black South Africans, as their paths converge in a search for survival and a better life. The novel is written by a master of prose who instinctively knows how to make the reader turn pages fast but also sets in motion trains of thought which demand slow, profound analysis as a seemingly playful lie spirals into an explosion of greed, lust and ruthless ambition. Set against the backdrop of ancient forests, this novel also explores the magic of nature and spirituality, and how man's noblest and most ignoble aims can sometimes co-exist in the same space.... I wanted to re-reread it immediately. Richard Mason is a distinctive voice in British fiction whose elegant prose has marked him out as one of the outstanding writers of his generation (Geordie Greig, Editor, Mail on Sunday)

A triumph of a novel. It's a book that you can't help being totally caught up in...powerfully evocative and wholly absorbing. Human passions, the lust for power and status, and the inevitable fallibilities of man and beast are drawn with exquisite detail. It's a book that works on many, many levels, and lingers with you gently for many days after you reach its extraordinary end... (Gill Penlington, Director of News and Event Programming CNN London)

A stunning tour de force that will leave you gripped, moved and inspired. A richly atmospheric historical novel that says much about the way we live now, Who Killed Piet Barol? is a book to read again and again: a compelling story written in luminous prose with vividly-realised characters. This is a book by a serious writer at the height of his powers (Alex Preston, author of This Bleeding City)

This is a gorgeous treat of a novel, full of contradictions and subtleties (THE TIMES)

This is one of the finest novels I have read for many years (Cape Times)

Mason elegantly rotates between characters with wisdom, pathos and real humour (PRESS ASSOCIATION)

Mason continues to earn his reputation with exquisitely crafted sentences and a dizzying knack for storytelling (Kirkus Reviews)

With echoes of Paul Theroux's Mosquito Coast, Mason unspools a story rich in detail and populated with deeply flawed characters whose lives intersect in the once-pristine forest that inspires acts sacred and profane. Mason handles multiple story lines with the élan of a seasoned raconteur (Publishers Weekly)

This is a highly original book. Part magic realism, part fable, part history and wholly engrossing (The Times, Books of the Year)

Exquisite and gripping (Observer, Books of the Year)

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Richard Mason's page-turning sequel to HISTORY OF A PLEASURE SEEKER, the continued adventures of the inimitable Piet Barol . . .

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