History of a Pleasure Seeker (Paperback)Richard Mason (author)
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'A sharply written story of love, money and erotic intrigue pulsing behind the staid canal fronts of nineteenth-century Amsterdam' Daisy Goodwin
'The adventures of adolescence had taught Piet Barol that he was extremely attractive to most women and to many men. He was old enough to be pragmatic about this advantage...'
It is 1907. The belle epoque is in full swing. Piet Barol has escaped the drabness of the provinces for the grandest mansion in Amsterdam. As tutor to the son of Europe's wealthiest hotelier, he learns the intimate secrets of this glittering family - and changes it forever. With nothing but his exquisite looks and wit to rely on, he is determined to make a fortune of his own. But in the heady exhilaration of this new world, amid delights and temptations he has only dreamed of, Piet discovers that some of the liaisons he has cultivated are dangerous indeed.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 278 g
Dimensions: 132 x 200 x 23 mm
Richard Mason's new novel - elegant, upholstered and, for all the sex, well-behaved - is part of a trend... for historical novels that seem not only set but written in the past - modern tracings, skilfully done, of old tropes, old forms. -- ADAM LIVELY * THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT *
a masterpiece. Like Henry James on Viagra. Not only gripping as hell, but brilliantly arranges that the imagined world of Maarten and Jacobina's household sits entirely within Amsterdam of the belle epoque. I thought Piet was wonderfully drawn - rogueish and yet wholly sympathetic. -- Alex Preston, author of This Bleeding City
A sharply written story of love, money and erotic intrigue pulsing behind the staid canal fronts of nineteenth century Amsterdam. Mason's hero is amoral but irresistible. I was gripped till the very last page. Thank God there's a sequel -- Daisy Goodwin
Mason tells his story with humour, charm, fine attention to detail and a healthy dose of eroticism. * INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY *
Upstanding stuff. * THE INDEPENDENT *
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History of a Pleasure Seeker is one of the best ARCs I’ve received to date. The characters held my interest from page one, and the intricacies of the plot played on my mind in the hours between reading.
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