Born in 1938, the son of a miner, Gerald (Gerry) Morris grew up in Wales. Money was short and life could be tough, but he thrived in the freedom of the beautiful Brecon countryside and nurtured his love of Rugby. Gerry started his National Service at the age of eighteen and was fortunate enough to pursue the game, representing both The Royal Artillery and Kent before being posted to Salisbury.
After discharge Gerry married, became a father of two but still managed to study, graduating in Physical Science from Exeter South Bank and later gaining his masters at The Cambridge Institute. After entering the teaching profession, Gerry gained a lot of fulfilment from the successes of his young pupils, many of whom he is able to stay in contact with, thanks to modern technology. Rugby was not to be forgotten and Gerry coached under nineteens for many years. This led him to becoming the chair of the London Division and the England Panel Member for this age group. Sadly, his teaching career was cut short due to ill health but he developed a strong interest in collecting antiques.
Gerry’s rationale for writing a novel at, what he refers to as his, advanced age, was complicated. Firstly, to prove to himself he could. Having long enjoyed writing stories for his children and grandchildren Gerry was keen to write for a more critical audience. However, the content was primarily to put some demons to bed. Some aspects of the novel are to some extent autobiographical and reflect parts of his life which have left him with feelings of frustration and bitterness.
Gerry believes he has achieved both his aims and hope you enjoy reading this book as much as he has enjoyed writing it.