Born in 1960 in Surrey, working in London selling telecoms and eating take-aways, Justin's life was conventional until he set off on an ill-planned voyage by sailing boat, and returned a year later, broke and without the yacht.
An uninsured house fire some years after that, in which he and his wife lost everything, seemed to put an end to any hope of further wanderlust - yet it turned out their adventures were only just beginning.
Everybody's greatest fear after 'Public Speaking' must be losing everything they've got - but Justin says: 'Having nothing left to lose is strangely liberating - suddenly anything is possible.'
And so it seems - because after years of fascinating encounters with dangers, and happy meetings with strangers, he and his wife are now to be found exploring the Celtic Coasts in the wonderful sailing boat which they built themselves, as amateurs - beginning by felling trees; or else they can be found living in the reclusion of a tumble-down farmhouse, amid the Red Deer and Eagles of a remote Hebridean Island.
Justin is an artist, and a writer.