A British journalist and novelist Paul Mason is a participant of the 18th International Book Fair for High-Quality Fiction and Non-Fiction, where the United Kingdom will be the Country of Honour this year as a part of the UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature 2016.


Paul Mason is a freelance broadcaster, writer, film-maker and novelist with weekly columns in the Guardian and New Statesman.

Mason studied music at Sheffield University. He worked two years on an unfinished doctorate about Schoenberg and worked on an opera based on the movie Gilda. After teaching at Loughborough University he became musical director at the Phoenix Theatre, Leicester. In 1988 he moved to London and switched to journalism, later joining BBC Newsnight as business correspondent.

His books include Live Working or Die Fighting, a history of the global labour movement; Meltdown, an account of the 2008 financial crisis; Rare Earth, a novel about China; and Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere, an account of the London riots of 2011.

In 2013 he joined Channel 4 News where he is currently economics editor. His latest book Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future (2016) has been translated into 11 languages and recently published by Ad Marginem Publishing House in Russian.