Kenneth Andrew Attiwill was born on 23 September 1906 in Adelaide, Australia, brother of Keith Attiwill. He worked as a journalist in Adelaide, as well as in Melbourne and London. He was resident in England for some years after second world war, on 1939, he married Australian writer Evadne Price in Kent, England. He was a Japanese prisoner of war and was presumed dead for 16 months. His novels draw on his experiences in journalism, at war and at sea. He and her wife retired to their native Australia in 1976. Her wife died on 17 April 1985 in Sydney, and he in 4 August 1992.