John Prebble was born in 1921. He became a journalist in 1934 and served with the Royal Artillery during World War Two. He wrote a number of novels and acclaimed works of non-fiction, many centred around Scotland, and his first bestseller was THE HIGH GIRDERS, originally published in 1956. His book CULLODEN was made into a BBC documentary, and he co-wrote the screenplay for the film ZULU. John Prebble was awarded the OBE in 1998, and died in 2001.