Nicholas Fisk is the pseudonym for David Higginbottom who was born in London, England on October 14, 1923. He was educated at Ardingly College in West Sussex, but left school at the age of 16 because his father died. He worked as a theatrical agent, a jazz-guitarist, and a cartoonist for the Daily Sketch. During World War II, he served as an RAF meteorological officer. After the war, he worked for the publishers Lund Humphries and in advertising before moving to a career as an author. His non-fiction works included Look at Cars, Lindbergh the Lone Flier, and Richthofen the Red Baron. His first novel for children, The Bouncers, was published in 1964. His other children's novels included The Fast Green Car, Space Hostages, Trillions, Grinny, and A Rag, a Bone and a Hank of Hair. He also wrote a memoir entitled Pig Ignorant. He stopped writing in 1996 because his failing eyesight due to macular degeneration made it impossible. He died on May 10, 2016 at the age of 92.