Michael was born in 1924 in England, which will make him 91 years-old this year. The son of an employee of a grand estate in England, as a boy Michael had room to roam. Graduating from the University of London, and after completing a stint in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, he began his lifelong career of teaching, in schools and universities in England, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and Canada. He holds an MA and PhD in English Literature.
Oldenglen is Michael's first novel, which is co-authored by his younger son, Robin Mason. Michael is also a published poet and playwright and contributor of articles to quarterly publications.
Michael is married to Muriel and they will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in March, 2016. He is blessed with two sons, four granddaughters, three grandsons and one newly-arrived great granddaughter.
In a rarely explored corner of the Pacific Northwest stands a forested sliver of land steeped in magic that only some can see.
Oldenglen, the first in a new fantasy series for middle-grade readers, introduces Jax, a twelve-year-old city boy from England, forced to move with his parents to a remote part of Oregon. Initially bitter about leaving his life behind, he begins to feel a strange draw to the woods, which only intensifies when he meets Sarah, the granddaughter of the nearest neighbors. Together they begin to unravel the secrets of the glen.
But when invaders threaten the wildwood and its inhabitants, Jax and Sarah?and a most unusual army?must prepare for war.
Great peril has come to Oldenglen, but who and what must Jax and Sarah confront in the battle to save it?