By THSOB association | Posted: Sunday December 4, 2022
‘On Falcon’s Wings’ by Richard Willis
Richard Willis would accept that his son, five-time Olympian Nick Willis, might have the greater insight into a runner’s tale. It is Richard, however, who is the storyteller. In semi-retirement Richard has self-published his third novel ‘On Falcon’s Wings’ where the lead character , Bruce McNash, was a second generation boarder at TBHS.
Bruce becomes the head of the boarding house and much imbued with the tradition of Lovelock and Tayler.
TBHS is a minor backdrop to the main action of competitive athletics, drug taking and the Marlborough Sounds family’s changing fortunes.
Three generations of the McNash family have connection with Timaru Boy’s and Timaru Girl’s High Schools. Athletics coach [Mark] Wagstaff, Rector and Head of English get passing mentions.
The novel will not feature in the NZ book awards though it is a lively yarn that holds reader interest.
Richard Willis taught Geography at Victoria University for several decades as well as being father of two sub 4 minute miler sons. He was a Wellington rugby rep in the 1970’s. Richard remains a passionate outdoors man and now a keen writer.
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