Author(s): Richard Mason
Joan McAllistair is about to embark on the 'Trip of a Lifetime' with her daughter Eloise; a journey back to her childhood South Africa and the family homestead in the old Boer Republic of the Orange Free State. For Eloise, the trip is partly a gift, partly a means of assuaging her guilt at moving her mother into a care home. For Joan, the discovery of her grandmother's journal transports her to the troubled times of the Anglo-Boer war. Eloise, in the meantime, has gambled her business's entire fortune on a promise made by an old lover. As their stories unravel, Joan takes increasing refuge in the landscape of her mind - in journeys to her own past. She also finds an unexpected friend in a lonely teenager who shares her fascination with history.
Richard Mason is the bestseling author of THE DROWNING PEOPLE A book with an epic scope, THE LIGHTED ROOMS encompasses the shameful treatment of Boer prisoners in English concentration camps, the 21st-century cut-throat world of London's City, the sanitised soullessness of a retirement home and the vibrant domain of an old lady's mind. An incredibly assured, moving story of family ties and the legacy of the past. Richard receives fantastic reviews: 'An engrossing tale of memory, ambition and shifting familial duties' Daily Mail 'An engaging story' Literary Review 'Stand by for a sweeping historical drama, mixing the political with the personal, as one family looks back at a very troubled past' Daily Mirror '[A] shocking, compassionate and exquisitely written novel' Woman & Home 'A beautifully crafted novel with two superbly drawn women at its heart' The Times 'The subtle style that marked his debut, with hints and suggestions nestling amongst the leisurely prose, is still evident in THE LIGHTED ROOMS... a rewarding read' Sunday Telegraph
'his [Mason's] unusual take on dementia ensures an enjoyable, if sometimes uncomfortable read' OBSERVER
Richard Mason was born in South Africa in 1978. Brought up and educated in England, he wrote his first novel whilst at Oxford. In the intervening years, Richard finished his degree, then set up an educational charity in memory of his sister Kay. Under Desmond Tutu's patronage, the Kay Mason Foundation provides scholarships to disadvantaged South African children.