John Gunn was born in England but moved to Australia at age three. During World War II he was a destroyer navigator and Fleet Air Arm Pilot. After the war, Gunn wrote children’s books during the 1950s and 1960s. His novel Sea Menace won the Book of the Year Award of the Children’s Book Council. He also wrote Water Hazard (1995), Contested Skies (1999) and the play, Hildegard, premiering in May 1999.