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W&N Literary Fiction Hb / ETPb September £14.99 / £13.99 352pp 978 1 474 60233 4 / 978 1 474 60234 1 ebook: £14.99 / 978 1 474 60236 5 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 409 16381 7 / 10 hrs

‘A masterpiece. Like Henry James on viagra’ – Alex Preston on The History of a Pleasure Seeker

RICHARD MASON Who killed Piet barol?

From the author of the million-copy-selling The Drowning People, a page-turning sequel to The History of a Pleasure Seeker, which sees the return of the inimitable Piet Barol.

1913. Piet barol and Stacey are navigating the turbulence and opportunities of colonial South Africa in a quest for comfort and riches. The Land Act has turfed thousands of black families out of their homes and Piet is appalled by their treatment.

but after five years of decadent living, Piet and Stacey are short of cash and in need of wood for the furniture business they have founded. So Piet sets off to pursue a fabled tree, a journey which will take him deep into the homelands of the Xhosa clan who believe that the spirits of their ancestors reside in the magical trees.

When charm and wit fail, Piet resorts to darker tactics to get what he wants. And this sets off a chain of events that will put him on a collision course with a power greater than any he knows: Mother Nature.

• The History of a Pleasure Seeker is being adapted for a television series by Philippa lowthorpe, Bafta-winning director of The Other Boleyn Girl.

richard Mason’s first novel, The Drowning People, sold over a million copies worldwide and won Italy’s Grinzane Cavour Prize for best First Novel. Us, his second novel, was also an international bestseller, while his third, The Lighted Rooms was longlisted for the IMPAC Prize and the Sunday Times Literary Award.

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W&N Fiction • September 2016