Jack Newman was born in a little village in Kent. After leaving school at the age of fifteen, he joined the Royal Navy as an Aircraft Artificer apprentice and remained in the service for twenty-four years before retiring in 1970 as a senior Chief Petty Officer. Still having the urge to travel, he took his family to Australia and started a new life there as a teacher. Twenty years on, he retired to live in Country Victoria to write. He has co-authored two books with established English writer Pamela Griffiths, Ocean's Apart, a book of poetry and Tandem Tales, a collection of short stories. In 2015, he wrote the novel Thommo's Last Ship. This is a story about the adventures of some crew members of an aircraft carrier as the ship was first refitted in an English dockyard and then travelled halfway round the world to be stationed at Singapore. Although fictional, it draws on the author's own experiences gained during the many years that he spent in the Royal Navy.
Now a widower, Jack enjoys his retirement pottering about in his workshop, a large garden, playing bridge at his local club and enjoying the company of a growing family.