J D Davies was educated at Llanelli Grammar School and Jesus College, Oxford, where he completed a doctorate in 17th century naval history. He taught History for thirty years, chiefly at Bedford Modern School, where he also served as a Deputy Headmaster. He won the Samuel Pepys prize in 2009 for his book, 'Pepys's Navy: Ships, Men and Warfare 1649-89', was shortlisted for the Mountbatten Maritime Literary Award in 2014 for 'Britannia's Dragon: A Naval History of Wales', and is also a previous winner of the Julian Corbett prize for naval history. His acclaimed series of naval historical fiction, 'The Journals of Matthew Quinton' - described in 'The Times' as 'a series of real panache' - has been published in the UK, North America and Germany. David is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, chairman of committees of both the Society for Nautical Research and the Navy Records Society, and a former Chairman of the Naval Dockyards Society.