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Gerry Wolstenholme

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Gerry Wolstenholme was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, and attended Northlands private school from the age of three to five because his Dad wanted him to have a better education than he had managed. He then attended Devonshire Road School, infants and juniors, and finally went to Baines Grammar School in nearby Poulton.

He did not know what he wanted to do while at school and, seeing an advertisement for Civil Service examinations he took them. Having passed, he chose to go to London and entered Her Majesty’s Treasury, Whitehall, where he gained promotion and eventually worked in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s office.

He married Linda ('the love of my life') in 1968 and in 1972 they decided to move to Gerry’s hometown and relocated in Black
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Gerry Wolstenholme Summer reading list? Any reading list? I pose these questions rhetorically for I am sorry to say I don't have any reading lists. If that sounds odd,…moreSummer reading list? Any reading list? I pose these questions rhetorically for I am sorry to say I don't have any reading lists. If that sounds odd, just let me explain ...

Like probably most of our goodreads readers, I have a huge collection of books and even though I am rapidly running out of room, I do keep adding to it. For instance my daughter visited a couple of weeks ago and we went on buying sprees to car boot sales and various shops with the result that, during her week's stay, I added a further 86 books to my collection.

And that is the reason I do not have a reading list. Every lot of new books that come in (and believe it or not, hardly a day goes by without at least one purchase - and normally many purchases) I peruse and often decide that there is at least one that I must read next. In addition, when I look over my shelves (sadly some books are in wardrobes and are more difficult to get at) I always see something that I think 'I must read that next' - sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't, it depends on what has come in. Hence no planned reading list!

I realise that perhaps this is an odd way to go about my reading but it seems to suit me and with such a random way of dealing with the problem, I never do know what I am likely to be reading next ... and again that suits me as it probably ensures more variety.

I do know that my book collecting habit is a disease; it comes from all those years of being a secondhand and antiquarian bookseller when, I must confess, when I attended book fairs and my Dad helped me, he used to say, 'I don't know why you are a bookseller for you never want to sell anything' - he was nearly right! I did sell the books, but reluctantly for I considered all the stock mine!

So, as a disease, I realise I do need counselling but I also know that it would do no good for my book buying habits help keep me sane and give me a great interest now that I have lost my beloved wife and in addition my daughter, also a collector, lives 250 miles away. I should mention that I did collect when Linda was alive and what is more, Linda also collected to acerbate the storage problem.

I do hope that this answer gives you an idea of why there is no planned reading list and I should say that I will carry on adding to the collection come what may. Forget that counselling.

If I do change and create a reading list, I will let you know but I doubt that that is going to happen ... it is as likely as me stopping buying books.

Finally, what a joy to be on goodreads and share stories and reviews with other people.(less)
Gerry Wolstenholme What a great question but I am probably not the best person to answer it as I do not feel that I have a novel in me. However, should that not be the…moreWhat a great question but I am probably not the best person to answer it as I do not feel that I have a novel in me. However, should that not be the case (doubtful!) I think I would have to write about spies and spying. And that is because (a) I have always been interested in the subject since Burgess and Maclean days but (b) more relevant to the question is the fact that when I was in Government service I attended an intense three-day security course run by the security services. It was so intense that every night after it ended I walked circuitously back to my office for I imagined that I was being followed by spies who wanted to get into my mind and extract secrets from me. I feel sure that I could work something around that as a beginning ... perhaps it would be like PG Wodehouse's 'Not George Washington', that is 'An Autobiographical Novel'! Ah well, I can dream!(less)
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I have an addiction ... I cannot stop buying books! I know I probably need counselling but I also know that it would do no good at all. I simply love buying books, it gives me great pleasure and helps to keep me sane, even if it does present logistical problems at home.

Well this last weekend it was especially pleasurable because among the 21 books that I bought were four that brought back happy... Read more of this blog post »
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Gerry Wolstenholme's short run publications (History)
1 chapters   —   updated Nov 11, 2018 11:05AM
Description: A bibliography of the limited edition of 10 publications produced by Gerry Wolstenholme
Idle Moments (Poetry)
3 chapters   —   updated Sep 12, 2018 02:25AM
Description: This short poem came about when on a visit to Wells Cathedral recently I went into a cloistered garden where my late wife, myself and our then young daughter used to sit in days gone by. As I entered from the Cathedral corridor the hairs on my neck stood on end and I very definitely felt Linda's presence. I went and sat on the old familiar seat and spent an hour peacefully doing nothing. A poem came into my head and, without pen or paper, I entered it into the draft message area of my mobile 'phone - which I should add I only got when Linda was ill because I said I would never have one! And here is that poem.
Still Missing You! (Biographies & Memoirs)
1 chapters   —   updated Jun 25, 2018 12:30PM
Description: A 14th anniversary poem for Linda, 25 June 2018
A Golden Jubilee (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:39PM
Description: Two celebratory poems.
Thinking of You (Poetry)
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Description: A 10th anniversary poem on the death of my wife.
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Dimsie Among the Prefects by Dorita Fairlie Bruce
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Jolly japes at the Jane Willard Foundation girls' school once again with Dimsie Maitland at the centre of the action, having been promoted to a junior prefect. Pleasant story with lots of fun, and trouble, for the girls in an enjoyable bygone age.
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Jo of the Chalet School by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
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In the second in the series of Chalet School stories, Jo Bettany returns to school for a new term to discover that her sister, Madge Bettany, who is the headmistress of the Chalet School, is expecting an increased intake. The pupils for the new schoo ...more
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" I usually find that Elinor Brent Dyer's 'Chalet School' titles are fun. But I must confess I am a sucker for school stories of any type, particularly ...more "
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Paddington in the Garden by Michael Bond
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Paddington loves living with the Browns and one day he makes a list of the things that he likes about it. A room of his own, a warm bed to sleep in and lots more things but then he realises that he has left one of the nicest things of all off the lis ...more
Cats by Judith A. Stagnitto
" Yes and your comment makes me think of purrpurri!! (I did think of it after I sent the first message but was going out so didn't get round to sending ...more "
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Cats by Judith A. Stagnitto
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Another little cat book with a potpourri of verse, quotations and cat lore and once again it makes for enjoyable reading - even if some of the quotations have appeared (not surprisingly) in other volumes. In addition there is an historical introducti ...more
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In this adventure Paddington joins his friend Mr Gruber on a tour of London. Not surprisingly he packs a suitcase full of marmalade sandwiches to go with him and he also takes Mrs Bird's umbrella in case it rains.

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“Of course you prefer Gregory Peck
Because for goodness sake, by heck
Vinnie Jones cannot act
For sure that's a fact
And at football he was also a wreck!”
Gerry Wolstenholme

“When you're alone you don't do much laughing.”
P.G. Wodehouse

“To look wise is quite as good as understanding a thing, and very much easier.”
Oscar Wilde

“Life is a mirror: if you frown at it, it frowns back; if you smile, it returns the greeting.”
William Makepeace Thackeray

“It is easy to be solemn, it is so hard to be frivolous.”
G K Chesterton

“Only the insane take themselves seriously.”
Max Beerbohm




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Gerry Bettie
Festive season's greetings to you and thank you for the illustration. Again ironically I find myself in this very position at the moment; my daughter Deborah arrived as a surprise last evening so I am just getting round to opening my presents … and I seem to have plenty of them thanks to Debz and some nice friends. There are a few books so far but I feel that there are more to come for I have not opened much yet. There is a shopping bag that I will be using regularly for the legend on it is (and forgive the profanity) 'I Bloody Love Books'!!! How true is that? It shows the friend who bought it me knows me well, doesn't it? Hope you have a great time and thanks for your friendship. Gerry xx


Bettie☯
Christmas Morning by Carl Larsson 1894 (Private Collection).


message 3: by Gerry

Gerry Bettie How ironic that you should send me this delightful painting as I have been heavily involved during the last week (and again on Monday next!) speaking about Blackpool footballers killed in World War I - and I have written one of my '10s' about them. In addition the club planted trees in memory of each of them (six) at the Blackpool Arboretum on Thursday and I was honoured to give the address there; there were quite a number of veterans present, too. Thanks ever so much for sending me the painting. I shall be saving it. Gerry xx


Bettie☯

Two Minutes’ Silence by Charles Spencelayh exhib. 1928 (Private Collection). Remembrance Day.


Bettie☯ Carving the Pumpkin by Franck Antoine Bail 1910 (Private Collection).


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