John Michael Allaby is an Aventis Junior prize winning author. He was born September 18, 1933, in Belper, Derbyshire in England.
He was a police cadet from 1949 to 1951. After that served in the RAF from 1951 to 1954, becoming a pilot. After leaving the RAF, he worked as an actor from 1954 to 1964. He married Marthe McGregor on January 3, 1957.
From 1964 to 1972, he a worked as an editor for the Soil Association in Suffolk, England, editing Span magazine from 1967 to 1972. He was a member of the board of directors for Ecosystems Ltd. in Wadebridge, Cornwall, England and was an associate editor of Ecologist from 1970 to 1972. He became a managing editor in 1972. In 1973, he became a freelance writer.