John Birmingham was born in Liverpool, England on August 7, 1964. He migrated with his parents to Australia in 1970. He attended St. Edmunds Christian Brothers College and the University of Queensland in Brisbane. He holds a degree in international relations. He has written numerous fiction and nonfiction books including The Axis of Time Trilogy, Without Warning, He Died with a Felafel in His Hand, and How to Be a Man. Leviathan won the National Award for Nonfiction at Australias Adelaide Festival of the Arts. He has also written for numerous magazine including The Sydney Morning Herald, Rolling Stone, Penthouse, and Playboy.