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Richard Mason - Author

About the Author

Richard Mason was born in South Africa in 1978 to activist parents who settled in England when he was ten. Brought up and educated here, he wrote his first novel, The Drowning People, whilst a nineteen-year-old at Oxford. In the intervening years, Richard finished his degree, then set up an educational charity in memory of his sister Kay, who died as a child. Under Desmond Tutu's patronage, the Kay Mason Foundation provides scholarships to disadvantaged South African children, paying for them to attend some of the country's best schools.

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The Wind Cannot Read

The Wind Cannot Read

Author: Richard Mason Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/08/2017

Winner of the 1948 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize A poignant novel of forbidden love, The Wind Cannot Read is the story of Michael Quinn, an English airman, who falls in love with Sabby, his Japanese teacher, in India during the Second World War. Enemies in the eyes of his friends and fellow soldiers, they must keep their romance a secret in the face of great danger. And tragedy awaits them both when Quinn is sent behind enemy lines in Burma . . . Cinematic in both its scope and depth of feeling, The Wind Cannot Read was made into a film starring Dirk Bogarde and Yoko Tani in 1958. Richard Mason's descriptive powers are at their zenith in this touching wartime romance, which is a must-read for anyone who loved his timeless bestseller, The World of Suzie Wong.

The Shadow and the Peak

The Shadow and the Peak

Author: Richard Mason Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/08/2017

Douglas Lockwood came to Jamaica to recover from the heartbreak of a messy divorce. But instead of peace he found passion, and three women who threatened to turn the island idyll into a summer storm . . . The school at which Douglas has come to teach is perched on an isolated hilltop, and its pupils run wild while the staff are engaged in their own private wars. The headmaster's wife is trying to tempt him into an affair, but his heart lies with Judy, an air hostess he rescued from a plane crash. And in the background is Sylvia, an uncontrollable young girl who is madly in love with him and caught up in an adult world she doesn't understand. A gorgeously cinematic novel, The Shadow and the Peak is a gripping story by the bestselling author of The World of Suzie Wong. It was filmed in 1958 as Passionate Summer, starring Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers.

The Fever Tree

The Fever Tree

Author: Richard Mason Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/08/2017

From the bestselling author of The World of Susie Wong, a breathtakingly cinematic story full of tragedy and romance, set in 1950s India. Englishman Richard Birkett lives for danger and adventure, so when he is given a perilous mission to India he jumps at the chance. Tasked with convincing a young communist to assassinate the King of Nepal, he ventures into the exotic unknown - concerned only with fulfilling his assignment and finding adventure along the way. But when he meets Lakshmi, a beautiful Indian girl trapped in an unhappy marriage, everything changes and there is suddenly far more at stake . . . A tragic story of intrigue, espionage and heady, intoxicating love, The Fever Tree is a vividly painted portrait of a lost time.

Who Killed Piet Barol?

Who Killed Piet Barol?

Author: Richard Mason Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/07/2017

A Book of the Year - The Times A Book of the Year - Observer A Book of the Year - Mail on Sunday Avoiding the chaos of the First World War, Piet Barol leaves the bustle of civilization and heads into Africa's greatest forest. With a business to build and secrets to escape, his only weapons are courage and intuition. His African guides have their own reasons for taking him to their ancestral lands. What he finds there changes him forever, and unleashes a chain of events he can neither predict nor control... This gorgeous treat of a novel (The Times, Book of the Month) is a funny, sexy, irreverent, and intensely moving portrait of what unites human beings when their sacred mysteries are blown apart.

Spinoza: Logic, Knowledge and Religion

Spinoza: Logic, Knowledge and Religion

Author: Richard Mason Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2016

Approaching the central themes of Spinoza's thought from both a historical and analytical perspective, this book examines the logical-metaphysical core of Spinoza's philosophy, its epistemology and its ramifications for his much disputed attitude towards religion. Opening with a discussion of Spinoza's historical and philosophical location as the appropriate context for the interpretation of his work the book goes on to present a non-'logical' reading of Spinoza's metaphysics, a consideration of Spinoza's radical repudiation of Cartesian subjectivism and an examination of how Spinoza wanted religion to be understood in the context of his wider thinking and the influence of his non-Christian background. Mason also assesses Spinoza's significance and importance for philosophy now.

Who Killed Piet Barol?

Who Killed Piet Barol?

Author: Richard Mason Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2016

Cape Town, 1914. Where aperson can be whoever they want to be . . . Former tutor Piet Barol and singer Stacey Meadows are making a splash in colonial Cape Town. Styling themselves as the Vicomte and Vicomtesse de Barol, they have been living by their wits - but as the world drifts towards war, their quest for comfort and riches has brought them close to bankruptcy. With creditors at their heels, their furniture business is imploding and only a major win will save them. Stacey finds the ideal stooge: a mining magnate with a mansion to furnish. Piet enlists two Xhosa men to lead him into the magical forest of Gwadana, in search of a fabled tree. He needs precious wood, but he doesn't want to pay for it. The Natives Land Act has just abolished property rights for the majority of black South Africans, and whole families have been ripped apart. As Piet's charm, charisma and appetite for risk lead him far beyond the safety of the privileged white world, he does not comprehend the enormous price of the lies he has told, nor where they will lead him . . .

Suzie Wong

Suzie Wong

Author: Richard Mason Format: eBook Release Date: 11/04/2016

Gelangweilt vom Dunkel seiner englischen Landsleute, bezieht der Maler Robert Lomax ein Zimmer in einem chinesischen Hotel direkt am Hafenkai Hongkongs. Ganz nah am Puls dieser exotischen Metropole will er sein. Hier ist er der Einzige, der fur sein Zimmer eine Monatsmiete statt einen Stundentarif bezahlt. Den Barmadchen ist er kein Kunde, sondern schon bald ein Freund und Vertrauter. Fur die temperamentvolle Suzie Wong empfindet Robert mehr. Doch es sind nicht nur gesellschaftliche Hurden, die er uberwinden muss, bis er das Herz eines Madchens erobern kann, das sich mit kauflicher Liebe seinen Lebensunterhalt verdient.

The Brown Stuff

The Brown Stuff

Author: Richard Mason Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/11/2015

The Brown Stuff

The Brown Stuff

Author: Richard Mason Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/11/2015

Representations of War in Films and Novels

Representations of War in Films and Novels

Author: Richard Mason Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/10/2015

This book discusses different aspects of the cinematic and literary representation of war. The papers in this volume consider the roles of war films and war novels in remaking historical memories, the influence of films and novels as social media and debate their roles as instruments of propaganda and mystification. The book is organized along chronological and geographical lines, looking first at the First and Second World Wars in Europe; then the Pacific War; the Vietnam War; and espionage and propaganda in the Cold War and Post-Cold War.

The Drowning People

The Drowning People

Author: Richard Mason Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/03/2011

A truly thrilling murder mystery set partly in Cornwall, in the tradition of Du Maurier's REBECCA: dark, English and very much a classic. At 21, James Farrell has the world at his feet. A gifted violinist, his successful career seems assured. Until a chance encounter with Ella changes everything. Ella, bewitching, irresistible, haunted by the ghosts of her family's past - James cannot help falling in love with her, and she with him. But as the power and dangerous fragility of their relationship overwhelm them, James can only watch helplessly as the most beautiful thing in his life is strangled by deception, betrayal and ultimately murder ...

Drowning People

Drowning People

Author: Richard Mason Format: eBook Release Date: 16/11/2008

It is a cold afternoon in winter. An old man sits in a room high above the sea, watching the sun set. It is twenty-four hours since the death of his wife at Seton Castle, the home they had shared for more than forty years. And as it grows dark, he tries to make sense of a life only recently understood; and to explain how he, by no means a violent man, has come to kill in cold blood...

Angling Experiences And Reminiscences, By Richard Mason

Angling Experiences And Reminiscences, By Richard Mason

Author: Richard Mason Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2008

The God of Spinoza A Philosophical Study

The God of Spinoza A Philosophical Study

Author: Richard Mason Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/1999

This book is the fullest study in English for many years on the role of God in Spinoza's philosophy. Spinoza has been called both a 'God-intoxicated man' and an atheist, both a pioneer of secular Judaism and a bitter critic of religion. He was born a Jew but chose to live outside any religious community. He was deeply engaged both in traditional Hebrew learning and in contemporary physical science. He identified God with nature or substance: a theme which runs through his work, enabling him to naturalise religion but - equally important - to divinise nature. He emerges not as a rationalist precursor of the Enlightenment but as a thinker of the highest importance in his own right, both in philosophy and in religion.

Cambridge Minds

Cambridge Minds

Author: Richard Mason Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/1994

This collection of essays by a group of leading authorities is addressed primarily to a non-specialist readership, with the aim of introducing people and achievements associated with the University of Cambridge over the past 150 years. It explains, in simple terms, what has been done in a wide variety of fields - including philosophy (Ray Monk on Russell, Peter Hacker on Wittgenstein, Robert Grant on Oakeshott); economics (Geoffrey Harcourt on Keynes); anthropology (Ernest Gellner on Frazer); the study of English (Stephen Heath on Richards and Leavis). Some who have made important contributions to Cambridge science describe their own work and discoveries - Max Perutz in molecular biology; Antony Hewish in radioastronomy; Simon Conway Morris in palaeontology. As a whole the book offers an intellectual portrait of many of modern Cambridge's most notable achievements which will be of interest to a broad range of readers within the University and far beyond.