Max Sollitt was born in Geelong in 1927 but grew up in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. He narrowly escaped death at the age of five after contracting diptheria in a Bondi orphanage, then after leaving school at the age of sixteen contracted hip-disease and was strapped to a frame in The Prince Henry Hospital for six months. He recovered enough, however, to join the Merchant Navy as a radio officer in 1946, where he began to write short stories and newspaper feature articles when off watch, his first story published in 1948 and first article a year later. Since then he has had many stories and articles published as well as some poetry, and actually worked as a freelance journalist for some years after leaving the sea in 1962. His novel The Correspondence Course was published by Zaresky Press in 2001.