John Biggins is an English writer. He was born in 1949 in Bromley, now a suburb of London. He taught history at the University of Wales in Swansea from 1968 to 1971, then worked in Poland for four years, teaching philosophy. His stay in Eastern Europe left a deep mark on his soul, playing a significant role in shaping Biggins as a writer. In 1980 he became a journalist, then wrote scientific articles and monographs on various scientific problems, and in 1987 he created his first art book in a series about Otto Prohazko. Sea adventures in England – the genre is not new, but the material for his books Biggins chose an era, almost not disturbed in such literature: the years of World War I, and the action takes place in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the existence of which the navy and its participation in the war not even to all specialists. But this is what gives Biggins books a special flavor.