Anita Mason was born in Bristol in 1942, during the middle of World War II. She read English at the University of Oxford, lived in London, and worked in the publishing field for five years. She then settled in Cornwall, where she began writing fiction, building on a base of non-fiction, magazine writing, and newspaper reporting. Her books include The Illusionist (1983) and The Racket (1990), shortlisted for the Fawcett prize 1990. She was a Fellow at Bath Spa University between 1999 and 2002.