Simon Mason (author)

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Simon Mason (born 5 February 1962) is a British author of juvenile and adult fiction.[1]


Simon Mason was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, on 5 February 1962. He was educated at local schools and studied English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. He splits his time between writing at home and working at David Fickling Books, publisher of his 2011 children's novel, Moon Pie.[2][3]

Mason lives with his wife and two children in Oxford.

Children's Fiction[edit]

Mason's 2011 novel, Moon Pie, published by David Fickling Books was short-listed for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.[4]

Julia Eccleshare, chair of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize judging panel, said: "How love is tested, challenged and threatened, but can ultimately hold families together is at the heart of Moon Pie. Martha is used to managing her father's sometimes erratic behaviour after her mother dies. Dealing with his oddities and caring for her small brother Tug seems not much stranger than her friend Marcus's obsession with Hollywood movies. But finally, even for her, it is all just a bit too much. This is a beautifully told story that is long on affection and short on preaching."[5]

In 2002, Mason wrote the children's series The Quigleys, about a spirited and lovable family.[6]

The Quigleys marked the start of a series featuring the eccentric Quigley family and was short-listed for the Branford Boase Award in 2003.[7]

  • The Quigleys, 2002
    • Review, Hornbook Magazine 1 July 2002
  • The Quigleys Not for Sale, 2004
  • The Quigleys At Large. 2004.,[8]
    • Review, Washington Post, 7 March 2004
    • Review Hornbook Magazine, 1 September 2003
  • The Quigleys in a Spin[9]
    • Review, Hornbook Magazine, 1 March 2006
    • Review, Toronto Star, 11 June 2006

In 2014, he wrote the young adult murder mystery novel, Running Girl. In 2016, the sequel to Running Girl was published, Kid Got Shot.

Adult novels[edit]

The Great English Nude, published by Constable in 1990, won a £2,000 Betty Trask Award in 1991 for first novels written by authors under the age of 35 in a romantic or traditional, but not experimental, style.[10]

The Great English Nude was published in the US as Portrait of the Artist with My Wife .[11]

Death of a Fantasist was published by Constable in 1994.[12] It was described by The Independent as "inevitably reminiscent of Martin Amis. Its well-crafted comedy gets blacker and blacker until suddenly the reader finds the balance has shifted: there is real menace in the air."[13]

Lives of the Dog-Stranglers was published by Vintage in 1999. It is described as "Like any suburb in the south of England, Parkside's character is formed by rumour and fantasy and everyone is the figment of his neighbour's imagination: 'We're anything they want us to be - murderers, redheads, philanderers, dog-stranglers.' This is an elegant, savage farce of suburbia."[14][15]


He is the author of The Rough Guide to Classic Novels, in the Rough Guides series, published in 2003. It is described as "a consummate demonstration that it is possible to celebrate the finest achievements of the human race in the arts and humanities without couching them in forbidding academic language".[16]

Author Kate Mosse is quoted as saying "... it reads like a novel and it's partly because Simon is a really great writer... The thing that distinguishes Simon's book from the other guides that there have been in this area is he has squarely said it cannot be a classic if it's not entertaining"[17]


  1. ^ Kumar, Lisa. Something About the Author. Volume 178. Gale virtual reference library. Detroit, Mich: Thomson Gale, 2007.
  2. ^ Pauli, Michelle Simon Mason: Seriously funny, The Guardian, 29 July 2011
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 October 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011.  David Higham Literary Film and TV Agents
  4. ^ Eccleshare, Julia Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, The Guardian, 4 June 2011
  5. ^ Pauli, Michelle [1], The Guardian, 29 July 2011
  6. ^ Gruber, Marya Jansen [2], KidsReads
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 October 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011.  David Higham Literary Film and TV Agents
  8. ^ Mason, Simon, and Helen Stephens. The Quigleys At Large. London: Corgi Childrens, 2004. (and other publishers in the US) WorldCat
  9. ^ WorldCat
  10. ^ [3] Society of Authors
  11. ^ Kendall, Elaine BOOK REVIEW : Portrait of the Writer as a Drunk , LA Times, 3 May 1991
  12. ^ [4]
  13. ^ Traugott, Maggie BOOK REVIEW / Manhattan mystery tour, The Independent
  14. ^ [5],
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 October 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011.  David Higham Associates
  16. ^ [6]
  17. ^ [7]

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