Leaving school at fourteen, Willis Hall began his working life as a leaner-deckhand on a North Sea Trawler. At the age of seventeen, he joined the professional army and was posted to the Far East, where he moonlighted, both as a scriptwriter for the Chinese Schools Department of Radio Malaya and also as a reporter for the Singapore Standard. After demobilization, his first West End play, THE LONG AND THE SHORT AND THE TALL, won The Evening Standard’s Best Play of the Year Award. He went on to write countless plays; musicals; screenplays; television series; children’s novels; several books about sport and one about poems. He was a member of both the Magic Circle and the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
Willis Hall died in March 2005