Arthur J. Binks was born, and lived in the West Riding of Yorkshire, where he served an apprenticeship as a motor engineer, followed by two years National Service in the army. Arthur then set up a partnership in a garage business. After moving to Scarborough, he made two long voyages on his yacht, the first across the Atlantic and the second from the Caribbean to New Zealand. During this last voyage he kept a journal of his travels, and on his return. Arthur wrote his first book ‘Wine, Women and Sailing’, soon followed by a second novel ‘The Secret Reich’.