John David Morley was born in Singapore in 1948 and raised in Malaya and on Africa’s Gold Coast before he went to school in England. He took his first job as a stagehand, followed by a spell teaching in Mexico. He spent three years studying in Japan, subject of his international bestseller PICTURES FROM THE WATER TRADE. Having made his home in Munich, the focus of Morley’s life was in Central Europe, where for twenty-five years he worked as a location manager for Japanese TV and as a journalist for publication such as THE TIMES, SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE,the OBSERVER and CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER. A collection of his journalism, ENCOUNTERS, was published in 1990. His tenth novel, ELLA MORRIS, was published in 2014.