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Mark MasonAfter several years at the BBC, where he produced programmes for Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live, Mark Mason left to become a full-time writer. His novels garnered praise such as ‘Mason’s natural voice is that of “everybloke” – the Nick Hornby of Fever Pitch or the John O’Farrell of The Best A Man Can Get.

His non-fiction includes Walk the Lines, for which he walked the entire London Underground system overground ('awesome' - BBC6 Music; 'an extraordinary odyssey' - Robert Elms), and The Importance of Being Trivial, a look at why we’re fascinated with trivia ('an irresitably hapless charm' - The Guardian, 'I loved the book' - Richard and Judy). His last book Move Along Please: Land's End to John O'Groats by Local Bus, was praised by Steve Wright as 'a good source of factoids, I'm thinking'. Mason is also the author of the Bluffer’s Guide to Bond and the Bluffer’s Guide to Football.

He has written for most national newspapers, as well as magazines from The Spectator to Four Four Two via Glamour. He has also addressed the nation on many radio and TV networks, occasionally on subjects he knows something about.

Orion published his latest book, Mail Obsession, in 2015.

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Each of the United Kingdom's 124 postcode areas has a story to tell, an unexpected nugget to dust off and treasure.

‘An entertaining read’ (Daily Express)

‘Awesome - full of amazing facts’ (The QI Elves)

‘Fascinating’ (Daily Mail)

‘Turns up trivia at every stop’ (BBC Radio 4)

‘Fantastic stuff’ (BBC London)

‘Almost every page contains at least one thing that you'll be itching to startle your friends with’ (Reader’s Digest)

Mark Mason has embarked on a tour of the country, collecting trivia from every one of Britain's 124 postcode areas. On the lookout for interesting place names and unusual monuments, along the way he discovers what the Queen keeps in her handbag, why the Jack Russell has a white coat and how Jimi Hendrix got confused by the M1. He visits the Harrogate hotel where Agatha Christie hid for eleven days, a bungalow in Kent that can't get a mobile phone signal because of the Second World War, and the grave of a Scottish duke whose legs had to be cut off so he could fit in his coffin.

At the same time Mason paints an affectionate portrait of Britain in the 21st century, from aggressive seagulls in Blackpool to 'seasoned' drinkers in Surrey. And his travels offer the perfect opportunity to delve into the history of the Royal Mail, complete with pillar boxes, posties and Penny Reds - plus Oscar Wilde's unconventional method of posting a letter.

A charming mix of fact, anecdote and overheard conversation, Mail Obsession pays homage to Britain's wonderful past and its curious present.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Mail Obsession: A Journey Round Britain by Postcode, Orion, 2015; Move Along Please, Random House, 2013; Walk the Lines, Random House, 2010; The Importance of Being Trivial: In Search of the Perfect Fact, Random House, 2008; The Bluffer’s Guide to Bond, Oval Books, 2006; The C Words, Time Warner, 2005; The Catch, Time Warner, 2004; What Men Think About Sex, Time Warner, 2002; The Bluffer’s Guide to Football, Oval Books, 2001.