26.05.2008 - Richard Mason

Since acquiring a lucrative publishing deal for his debut novel The Drowning People (1999) British author Richard Mason (1978) became something of a hype. His British publisher acquired the debut when Mason was only nineteen years old, and speculation about the exact amount of the advance even made it to BBC’s Newsnight. The book did extremely well: 6 million copies were sold in 120 countries countries and it was translated into 22 languages.  A large sum of the profits of this successful debut was donated to the Kay Mason Foundation (named after his deceased sister), a fund which supports disadvantaged South African children and provides them with good education. Mason himself was born in South Africa and spent his childhood there and this love for South Africa becomes evident in his latest novel The Lighted Rooms (2008), a story about history, loyalty and family.