Michael J. (Mick) Prodger was born in North Wales and grew up in Sussex, England, where he developed a keen interest in the rich history of his surroundings, especially World War Two. After completing Art College he worked as a graphic designer and syndicated cartoonist before moving to the USA where he co-founded a successful advertising company.
Well-known for the scholarly approach and research in his writing, his acclaimed reference books on vintage military aviation equipment are considered definitive works.
He says of his latest book, "Cellini–Freedom Fighter",
“When I first met Vito Cellini, in May 2015, I had little idea of the adventure we were about to embark upon together. It has been a journey through time and distance, traversing almost a century of cultural and political change throughout the world. Our travels took us across Italy and the Adriatic sea into what is now Croatia, as we retraced his childhood and World War Two experiences with the Italian Army, the Yugoslavian Partisans, and eventually as an agent with the Allied intelligence services before returning to America after the war.
“We hit it off immediately, in fact Mr. Cellini has since told me, ‘When I first saw you, I knew you were the one to write this book.’ We have often joked that the reason for his affirmation was the similarity in our hairstyles – we both have thick, wavy hair that we wear long and while his is entirely snow white, mine is getting greyer by the day!”