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Who Killed Piet Barol?


Who Killed Piet Barol
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Who Killed Piet Barol?

Richard Mason

ISBN 9781474602358

Cape Town, 1914. Where a person 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 . . .

The Author

Richard Mason 01Richard 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 19-year-old at Oxford. In the intervening years, Richard finished his degree, and then set up an educational charity in memory of his sister Kay. The Kay Mason Foundation provides scholarships to disadvantaged South African children.





Reviews, News & Interviews:

An ambitious and elegantly written novel with a touch of magic. National Book Review

This is a gorgeous treat of a novel, full of contradictions and subtleties. The Times

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