The History of a Pleasure Seeker

Author(s): Richard Mason

Historical Fiction

Piet Barol has an instinctive appreciation for pleasure and a gift for finding it. When his mother dies, Piet applies for a job as tutor to the troubled son of Europe's leading hotelier--a child who refuses to leave his family's mansion on one of Amsterdam's grandest canals. As Piet enters this glittering world, he learns its secrets and finds his life transformed.

A brilliantly written portrait of the senses, History of a Pleasure Seeker is an opulent, romantic coming-of-age drama set at the height of Europe's Belle poque, written with a lightness of touch that is wholly modern and original.


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

General Fields

  • : 9780297861058
  • : Orion Publishing Co
  • : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • : 0.412
  • : May 2011
  • : 216mm X 135mm X 24mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Richard Mason
  • : Hardback
  • : 711
  • : English
  • : 823.92
  • : 288