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Julian Stockwin was born in England in 1944 and was sent at the age of fourteen to Indefatigable, a tough sea-training school. He joined the Royal Navy at fifteen, before transferring to the Royal Australian Navy when his family emigrated. He served in the Far East, Antarctic waters, the South Seas, and in Vietnam, where he saw active service in a carrier task force. After university, he became a teacher and an educational psychologist and lived for a number of years in Hong Kong, where he was commissioned into the Royal Naval Reserve and received Britain's MBE award. He retired with the rank of lieutenant commander. He lives in Guilford, England, with his wife Kathy.