Amanda Mason was born and brought up in Whitby, North Yorks. She studied Theatre at Dartington College of Arts, where she began writing by devising and directing plays. After a few years of earning a very irregular living in lots of odd jobs, including performing in a comedy street magic act, she became a teacher and has worked in the UK, Italy, Spain, and Germany. She now lives in York and has given up teaching for writing. Her short stories have been published in several anthologies. The Wayward Girls, her debut novel, was longlisted for the Deborah Rogers prize.
Amanda Mason recommends
The Winter Spirits (2023)
Bridget Collins, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Andrew Michael Hurley, Jess Kidd, Elizabeth Macneal, Natasha Pulley, Laura Purcell, Laura Shepherd-Robinson, Stuart Turton and Catriona Ward
"Another dazzling collection. Chilling, moving and incredibly satisfying."
The House of Whispers (2023)
"A delicately told ghost story set in the bright heat of 1930s Italy. Claustrophobic and compelling."
The Marsh House (2022)
"I so enjoyed this, it's a delicate and suspenseful novel, with a wonderful sense of time and place. The bitter cold of the winter of 1962 and the isolation it imposes on the characters is brilliantly evoked; and the haunting in this story, which connects Malorie in 1962 with Rosemary in 1931 is subtly realised. It's a fabulous read, deft and precise, with a satisfying mystery at its centre, based upon a beautifully compassionate reading of the tradition of English folk magic."
The Long, Long Afternoon (2021)
"I was hooked from the opening sentence. I loved the setting and the way Inga gradually reveals the human struggles at the heart of the burgeoning civil rights and women's rights movements. As well as being a sharp examination of privilege and oppression, it's also completely gripping and kept me guessing right to the end."
The Foundling (2020)
The Lost Orphan
"I was completely swept up in this novel. It's crammed with vivid and engaging characters, there's a beautiful sense of place, revealing hidden aspects of Georgian life. And the central mystery of a missing child gradually plays out as a tenderly observed study of grief and loss, while offering the possibility that love will indeed find a way."
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