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


Simon Mason was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, on 5 February 1962. His father was the footballer Cliff Mason. He was educated at local schools and studied English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. From February 2019 he has split his time between writing and working at Pushkin Press. He lives with his wife in Oxford.

Children's Fiction

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

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."

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

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

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

2014 saw the publication of the young adult murder mystery novel, Running Girl, featuring Garvie Smith "a combination of the eccentric and hardboiled detective types - a natural maths genius with an off-the-scale IQ who chooses to be a slacker." It was shortlisted for the 2014 Costa Children's Book Award. In 2016, the second Garvie Smith thriller, Kid Got Shot (Kid Alone in the US), was published, described in Crime Review as "clever, complex, original, and very, very absorbing". It won the 2017 Crimefest Prize for Best Crime Novel for Young Adults. The third novel in the series, Hey, Sherlock!, was published in 2019, described by Philip Pullman as "the most intriguing kind of whodunit", and welcomed by the Sunday Times as "irresistible . . . as twisty, clever and riveting as the others.".

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