Anita Mason was born in Bristol, England. She is the author of eight novels, as well as a number of short stories.
She read English at Oxford and worked in the publishing field for five years. Her novels include, The Illusionist (1983), The War Against Chaos (1988), The Racket (1990), Angel (1994), and The Yellow Cathedral (2002). Her final novel The Right Hand of the Sun was published by John Murray in September, 2008. The Illusionist was nominated for the 1983 Booker Prize.