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Prue Mason


Prue Mason lived for many years in the Middle East and draws on her own many exciting life experiences to write her children’s adventure novels that have been particularly successful with boy readers. She has also written many articles and short stories for children’s magazines in Australia and internationally.

Where were you born?

I was born into a large, extended, Irish-type clan and grew up on a farm outside Mt Gambier in South Australia with many cousins and uncles and aunts living near-by.

What other jobs have you had?

I’ve worked as a shearer’s cook on a remote sheep station; a barmaid on the sleazy side of Perth; tried unsuccessfully to sell encyclopedias; was assistant to the manager of one of the Whitsunday islands, was an observer on a search and rescue plane, flight attendant on a private jet flying around Australia and the world; wrote a counseling column in a children’s magazine; and taught Arabic girls to speak English.

What themes are recurring in your work?

Having travelled and lived in many different places around the world I like to write about cultural diversity and cultural understanding.


On behalf of MBBC I would like to thank Prue for her incredible sessions with our students today. Not only did they enjoy themselves and have fun, they also learnt about many cultural attitudes, values and beliefs from the Middle East. Thank you for sharing your stories with us. We have appreciated your professionalism and creativity. Thank you again.

—L. Cadzow-Andreas, Moreton Bay Boys' College, June 2018

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