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Weekly news editor who retrained as teacher publishes novel

adam-wolstenholmeA former weekly news editor who retrained as a teacher has published a novel.

Adam Wolstenholme, who was a reporter and news editor on Yorkshire weeklies the Dewsbury Reporter, Batley and Birstall News and Spenborough Guardian, has released comic thriller Talking Wounded.

The 40-year-old has signed with Leeds-based web publisher Dandylion to release his tale about self-confessed failure Max Childs, a divorced former house husband and part-time dad who attends weekly therapy sessions called the Divorced Men’s Club.

After leaving newspapers Adam retrained as an English teacher and now works in a secondary school.

He said: “As a divorced father of two, I’m interested in what’s expected of men today, to what extent feminism has changed things for both men and women, and how we learn from our mistakes – or not.”

In the book, Max’s luck changes when he meets an old flame, Charlotte – who unfortunately for him, is already dating an intimidatingly macho army sniper who carries a gun in his car boot.

Max knows he should stay clear – but he hasn’t got the best track record of doing the sensible thing.

Themes include the mistakes people make in past relationships, the risk of being trapped in the same self-destructive cycles and society’s expectations of ‘real’ men in the modern world.

Award winner Adam’s work has also appeared in The Times and The Big Issue in the North of England.