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Word's out on Sonny Bill

Last updated 05:00 10/04/2014
David Riley
INSPIRING WORDS: Tangaroa College teacher David Riley has written a new book on Sonny Bill Williams that aims to get teenagers to read more and learn from positive role models.
Off Loading with Sonny Bill Williams
NEW BOOK: David Riley’s Off Loading with Sonny Bill Williams, follows the release last year of his biography on Benji Marshall, Steppin’ with Benji Marshall.

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Young readers could step with Benji Marshall last year and now they can offload with Sonny Bill Williams.

Tangaroa College drama teacher David Riley has published his new book, Off Loading with Sonny Bill Williams, after a successful release last year of his biography on Marshall, Steppin' with Benji Marshall.

Both self-published works are written for teenagers, inspired by Riley's desire to get more young people reading, especially those of Maori and Pacific Island descent.

"There isn't a lot of material for Pacific or Maori teens," Riley says.

"It's hard to find writing they can relate to and enjoy."

Riley says most of the content for the book on Williams came from past media interviews and speaking with his family and friends, since he didn't have direct contact with Williams or his management.

He wrote about Williams' school experiences as well as his positive attitude towards learning with the aim of inspiring young readers with stories they could relate to.

One of the things he found interesting during the process of writing the book was the consistency of what people said about Williams.

"A lot of people do judge him but I've been able to track his stories over time.

"Those people who know him say he's humble, brave, willing to try new things."

Riley's next publication will be on basketballer Steven Adams.

Email davidrileynz@ or visit for more information or to order books.

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- Manukau Courier

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