Join us for a celebration of Winnetka-based nonagenarian Geoffrey Wilson and his new book, Never a Dull Moment: My Life and Times. Civil engineer and painter Geoffrey Wilson has had a fascinating life both in England as a young man living through the Blitz, all the way to his calling as an artist here in his second home in the USA. This event is free and open to the public. Can't make it? Give us a call at 847-446-8880 and we are happy to arrange for you to receive an autographed copy.
This unique autobiography documents Geoffrey Wilson's amazingly productive and memorable twentieth-century life of service, adventure, scholarship, and family in Britain and the United States. Offered in his humorous self-deprecating style, these memoirs illuminate a cinematic personal story that begins with Wilson's childhood in coal-heated rooms, and continues through his life in London during the Blitz and World War ll, his post-war adventures in the Alps, and his subsequent career at the University of Leeds, for which he describes the full range of the successes, catastrophes, honors, blunders and crises, both serious and amusing, that underpinned his remarkable career. Ultimately, the story lands with Wilson's second career as an accomplished painter and teacher in both Britain and Chicago. It's all here, providing a fascinating account of an extraordinary twentieth-century life.
Geoffrey Wilson was born in 1921 in Bradford, Yorkshire. After service in World War II he became a lecturer in civil engineering, eventually becoming the first University Planning Officer at the University of Leeds, where he led an amazingly successful growth and development plan. A former instructor with the North Shore Art League, Mr. Wilson.is an Associate of the British Watercolour Society and a Fellow of the International Guild of Artists. View his wonderful paintings here. (The "author photo" you see on the webpage is Mr. Wilson's winter view of the Skokie Lagoons.)
Adventure and Accomplishment Across Two Centuries